Hungary's Orban speaks to Putin, urges immediate truce

AFP , Wednesday 6 Apr 2022

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Wednesday he had urged Vladimir Putin to put in place an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, and invited the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine to meet the Russian leader in Budapest.

Orban of Hungary and Vucic of Serbia
Hungary s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, reviews the honour guard with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, left, upon his arrival at the Constantine the Great Airport, in the town of Nis, Serbia, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. AP

"I suggested to President Putin that he declare an immediate ceasefire," Orban told a press conference, saying he had spoken to the Russian president. "His response was positive, but with conditions," Orban said, without elaborating.

The Hungarian leader, re-elected on Sunday, added that he had invited Putin to Budapest along with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for talks.

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