Orbán Calls Defense Council Meeting Over Missile, Pipeline Incidents

Ukraine Crisis

Photo by Zoltán Fischer/MTI

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has convened a meeting of the Hungarian Defense Council at the Carmelite Monastery at 8 p.m. today in response to the shutdown of the Druzhba oil pipeline and the missile strike incident in Poland, Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister's press chief, told news agency MTI.

Prior to the meeting, Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the press chief said.

He added that the meeting of the council was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office Antal Rogán, Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér, and State Secretaries Gábor Bordás, József Kovács, and János Nagy.

Two people died in an explosion in Przewodow, a village in Poland near the border with Ukraine, according to a report by Reuters. An unnamed U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press that the explosion was a result of Russian missiles crossing into Poland, but the Pentagon said that it could not confirm that account.

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