Ponta: Orbán was ʼoffensive towards Romaniaʼ

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The behavior of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was offensive towards Romania, Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta said late yesterday on a Romanian TV program, commenting on the Hungarian PM’s speech at Free University of Bálványos, Romania, this weekend, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported today.

Orbán said that the Hungarian-Romanian links currently “are not promising”, however this “has not always been the case,” as “until 2012 there was a practical and successful cooperation between the two countries based on trust”.

Origo noted that Ponta took over the country in 2012.

This past weekend the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized Viktor Orbán’s Facebook post, which contained pins of revisionist symbols widely used by Hungarian nationalists to express nationalist sentiment. Yesterday the Prime Minister’s press office issued a short press release stating that the image published on the PM’s Facebook page this past Saturday contained “historical symbols” which the Romanian Ministry [mis]interpreted as revisionist symbols.

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