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Hungary nat'l security cabinet meets

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Photo by MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

The national security cabinet of the government of Hungary met in the prime minister's office early Tuesday to review the Ukraine crisis and take necessary decisions, the PM's press chief told news agency MTI.

The meeting was led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Antal Rogán, who heads the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office; Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office; Defence Minister Tibor Benkő; and Interior Minister Sándor Pintér participated. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was represented by State Secretary for Civil Intelligence Tamás Vargha.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced late Monday the immediate recognition of the sovereignty of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic in the east of Ukraine. He also ordered the deployment of troops in the regions.

Foreign Minister holds out 'last hope' for diplomatic solution

Earlier today, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó acknowledged expedited preparations for European Union sanctions against Russia, but said hope for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis should not be abandoned.

"In light of last night's developments, preparations in Brussels for sanctions have been accelerated and talks on possible steps are ongoing. Hungary has never broken with the EU's common stance on this matter," Szijjártó said.  

"At the same time, we must not give up our last hope for a diplomatic solution," he added.

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