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Orbán Meets With Putin in Beijing

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Photo by MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an international summit in Beijing on Tuesday, the PM's press chief told state news wire MTI.

The sides discussed cooperation between Hungary and Russia in the areas of gas and crude deliveries, and nuclear energy, Bertalan Havasi said.

Orbán stressed the importance of peace at the talks. It is "crucial" for the entire continent, Hungary included, for the flow of refugees, the sanctions, and the fighting to end, he added.

In a video message posted on Facebook later on Tuesday, Orbán said everyone in Europe was asking one question: "Will there be a ceasefire in Ukraine?"

"The answer I received from the president of Russia was not reassuring, to say the least," he added.

"We must shape Hungary's steps in the coming months with this in mind. That is why it is important for us Hungarians to be able to maintain Hungarian-Russian cooperation in the field of energy and other economic issues despite the war," Orbán said.

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