U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Condemns Orbán-Putin Meeting

Int’l Relations

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing, China on October 17, 2023.

MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

"Alone among our allies, Hungary's leader chooses to plead for business deals with a man whose forces are responsible for crimes against humanity in Ukraine," David Pressman, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, said on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), according to bneintellinews.com.

Pressman's comments came after Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing on October 17.

The two leaders discussed Hungarian-Russian cooperation in oil and gas deliveries and nuclear energy on the sidelines of the two-day international forum marking the 10th anniversary of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

Orbán was the only EU leader at the summit. He confirmed that Budapest intends to continue cooperation with Russia in the energy sphere, called Rosatom a reliable partner, and thanked Gazprom for fulfilling long-term contracts.

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