Hungary, Poland Diverging in Views of Russia

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While both Hungary and Poland voted in favor of the United Nations' condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the two central European countries have often diverged on dealing with Russia on the world stage since, according to a report from Pew Research Center.

Poland pushed for the delivery of tanks to Ukraine and proposed additional sanctions on Russia, while Hungary's government blocked military aid to Ukraine and continues to maintain an economic relationship with Russia. A much larger share in Poland than in Hungary believes Russia is a major military threat to its neighbors (77% vs. 33%, respectively). Roughly a quarter in Hungary believe Russia is not a threat, compared with just 5% in Poland.

When asked whether a close relationship with the United States or Russia is more important for their country, 76% of Poles say having a close relationship with America is more important. This is up 47 percentage points from when this question was first asked in 2019. Just 17% of Hungarians say the same about their relationship with the United States.

About one-in-10 Hungarians say a close relationship with Russia is more important, while a majority volunteer that relationships with both America and Russia are equally important.

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