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Hungary blocks the EU declaration on the war in Ukraine

2024-02-23 14:55:01, Kosova & Bota CNA

Hungary blocks the EU declaration on the war in Ukraine

Hungary has blocked the European Union's statement that the bloc was supposed to issue later on February 23 regarding the two-year anniversary of the start of the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This was said by several sources in Brussels, who had knowledge of this process, with whom Radio Free Europe spoke.

The EU is now working on the statement to be issued on behalf of the three presidents of the main institutions: Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, Roberta Metsola of the European Parliament and Charles Michel of the European Council.

To issue a statement on behalf of the EU, all 27 member states must agree. Budapest is contesting the statement without giving any concrete explanation, EU officials told REL, but one diplomat said the wording of the statement was "simply too strong for them [Hungary]".

In recent years, Hungary has rejected several EU statements. The latest case was earlier this week when Budapest tried to block the agreement of 26 other member states against an announced Israeli military operation against Hamas - the Palestinian group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the EU - in the south of Gaza. Earlier, Hungary also vetoed a statement criticizing China, Russia and Azerbaijan over the latter's war against Armenia.

Despite the war in Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he is proud to communicate with Moscow, although this angers European Union leaders.

On February 24, it will be two years since Russia launched its invasion of the neighboring country, Ukraine. The war has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, displaced millions more, and wreaked havoc on Ukraine's infrastructure.

Earlier in the week, the EU announced that it has agreed on a new package of sanctions against Russia, due to the war in Ukraine./ REL

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