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Budapest (AP) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is demanding that the EU sanctions against Russia be lifted by the end of the year at the latest.
The punitive measures imposed on Moscow after the attack on Ukraine were “forced on the Europeans by the Brussels bureaucrats,” said the right-wing populist, according to the pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet.
Orban spoke on Wednesday evening at a faction meeting of the governing party Fidesz in Lake Balaton Bad Balatonalmadi. “The sanctions are causing economic problems, the energy crisis and inflation,” he said.
Orban maintains a good relationship with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. He has supported the EU sanctions against Russia so far. At the same time, he was able to obtain an exemption from the oil embargo for his country. The sanctions decisions of the EU require unanimity among the member states. Hungary has been a member of the Union since 2004.
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