Viktor Orban goes to Russia

I like the idea of this meeting taking place- Diplomacy is better than war in my opinion.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, colleagues,

Welcome to Moscow, to Russia.

I know that this time you have come not only as our long-standing partner, but also as the President of the Council of the European Union. I hope we will have the opportunity to exchange views on building bilateral relations in this difficult situation and, of course, to discuss the possible scenarios for the largest European crisis – I am referring to Ukraine.

I know that quite recently, on July 2, I think, you visited Kiev, and now you have come here to discuss in detail the situation that has arisen in Ukraine. I am at your disposal.

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban (retranslated): Mr President,

Thank you for meeting with me today. This is far from our first meeting over the past decade; in fact, it is the 11th one. But this meeting is more critical than the previous ones.

As you have mentioned, Hungary took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council on July 1. Our last meeting was before the war; we met in February 2022. This is exactly why these two meetings are different.

The EU get’s all freaky (bizarre, weird and strange)

Washington Times

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said the rotating presidency was not a mandate to engage with Russia on behalf of the EU. The EU has joined the Biden administration in sharply condemning the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine and has tried to isolate Mr. Putin on the world stage.

I’d think the position of presidency would provide a mandate to engage with Russia in order to resolve the Ukraine issue. Orban has shown real leadership. Perhaps this is what the peons (menial employees of the US) in the EU didn’t like?

Mr. Orban, long seen as friendly to the Russian president, insisted that he was in Moscow in his capacity as Hungary’s prime minister. But he also added that peace will not be made from “a comfortable armchair in Brussels.”

“We cannot sit back and wait for the war to miraculously end,” he said on social media. “We will serve as an important tool in making the first steps toward peace. This is what our peace mission is about.”

There are some over the top dramatic headlines about- Not worth my time- Peace will not be made from a comfortable armchair in Brussels!!

EU leadership is pretty pathetic

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