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Orbán proposes ceasefire to Putin

Int’l Relations

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he proposed an immediate ceasefire in the war in Ukraine to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, state news wire MTI reports.

Speaking at an international press briefing, Orbán said he spoke for "a long time" on the phone with Putin and proposed he come to Budapest to meet with the Ukrainian and French presidents and the German chancellor for talks with the aim of reaching an agreement on an immediate ceasefire.

He said Putin's response to the proposal was "positive", but there were conditions that must be agreed on with the Ukrainian president.

Orbán noted that Hungary is "unflinching" on the matter of peace because of the more than 200,000 ethnic Hungarians living in Transcarpathia, Ukraine's westernmost region.

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