Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and proposed immediate ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Orbán told an international press conference that he had also proposed early talks between the presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France, as well as the chancellor of Germany in Budapest to reach an agreement on the ceasefire.
Orbán said Putin’s response had been positive, but also quoted the Russian president as saying that Russia had certain conditions for a ceasefire which he should first discuss with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Orbán said Hungary’s position concerning peace in Ukraine was firm with regard to the over 200,000 ethnic Hungarians living in Transcarpathia. “Hungary is primarily responsible for those lives,” he said.
The Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance achieved its all-time best result in the general election, scoring the most votes since Hungary’s change in regime, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Budapest on Wednesday. The alliance garnered 54 percent of the votes cast, which translates into more than two thirds of parliamentary seats, he told an international press conference.
Orban attributed the victory to three factors. Firstly, Hungarians wanted peace and, in view of the war raging in their neighbourhood, backed the political force that provided a bigger guarantee for peace, the prime minister said. Secondly, Hungary is a successful country, and finally, the opponent was a “coalition for power” which is basically a “disrespectful approach” to the electorate, he said.
The ruling alliance, in turn, represented a “programme of heart and passion” in the election campaign, he said.
Orbán said the opposition had committed “the gravest insult and contempt” towards the electorate “by announcing that it is permissible even for fascists and communists to not only find their place in that coalition for power but also to retain their intellectual character”.