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Putin to visit Budapest on October 30

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed a visit to Budapest by Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 30 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, news portal 444.hu reported.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at an earlier meeting with Putin.

Szijjártó said the two sides had agreed that the timeline for preparations for the upgrade of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant (127 kilometers south of Budapest) could be moved forward.

Both sides also acknowledged that Russia has fully completed its earlier commitment to ensure Hungary’s gas supply for next year. Russia earlier agreed to top up Hungaryʼs gas reserves this year with gas it will need for next year as the expiration of a transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine loomed.

Szijjártó said the ministers also finalized agreements on social security and on cooperation in the area of oncology.

The parties claimed that the most persecuted religion in the world is Christianity, agreeing to help its communities in the Middle East, Szijjártó added, according to 444.hu.

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