Putin congratulates Orbán on election win


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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a telegram on the election victory of the Fidesz-KDNP alliance, state news wire MTI reports, citing a statement by the Kremlin's press office.

"The President of Russia expressed certainty that, despite the difficult international situation, the further development of bilateral partner ties was fully in accord with the interests of the peoples of Russia and Hungary," the press office said.

Incumbent Fidesz-KDNP won a fourth consecutive term in general elections held on Sunday, taking a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The first to congratulate Orbán, already on the evening of the election, was Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the PM's press chief Bertalan Havasi said. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang also sent a telegram, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a congratulatory message on Twitter, and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, and Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger made congratulatory phone calls, he added.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, the Serbian member of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, and Czech President Milos Zeman issued statements congratulating Orbán on the election victory.

Messages of congratulations were posted on Facebook by Marine Le Pen, the candidate for president of France; Santiago Abascal, who heads the Spanish party VOX; and Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy's Lega party.


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