NewsOrban’s confidential letter reveals Putin's war confidence

Orban’s confidential letter reveals Putin's war confidence

Viktor Orban
Viktor Orban
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Mateusz Dolak

9 July 2024 14:56

Viktor Orban sent a confidential letter to Brussels regarding talks with the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia. The classified document was created on 5 July. Among the outlets that obtained its contents is Radio Svoboda.

The Hungarian Prime Minister wrote that Putin is convinced of Russia's victory in the war with Ukraine. Viktor Orban also warned of possible dramatic events at the front.

Radio Svoboda, which revealed the document's contents, emphasised that Orban only briefly mentioned Volodymyr Zelensky's position but described Vladimir Putin's viewpoint in detail. According to Orban, Kyiv and Moscow are ready to negotiate, but only if delegations from both warring states sit at the table.

The investigative portal Sistema also holds a copy of the letter. The media claims to have confirmed its authenticity from several different sources.

First Ukraine, then Russia, China, and the USA

Viktor Orban visited Russia and Ukraine in early July. On Tuesday, 2 July 2024, he made his first visit to Kyiv since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Orban discussed a possible ceasefire and the start of peace talks with Zelensky.

On Friday, 5 July, the Hungarian Prime Minister unexpectedly appeared in Russia. Many European politicians, including Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticised Orban's visit to Moscow, stating that the Hungarian Prime Minister had not coordinated his initiative with Kyiv.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on July 5 that Ukraine and Russia's stances on the full-scale invasion and prospects for peace are "very far apart."

On Monday, Orban made another visit. This time, he met with China's leader Xi Jinping in Beijing. Orban claims he is carrying out a "peace mission," which he announced after Hungary assumed the six-month presidency of the EU Council on 1 July.

After visiting Beijing, Orban travelled to Washington, D.C. In the US capital, he participated in the NATO summit, which took place from 9 to 11 July.

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