Hungarian PM warns Ukraine could lose up to half of its territory – media — Analysis
Viktor Orban said that conflict between Moscow & Kiev may last years in closed-door speech
According to Radio Free Europe, Viktor Orban (Hungarian Prime Minister) said that the Ukraine conflict may last to 2030, and that it is being made global by the West, rather than locally.
According to reports, Orban spoke at an event that was closed off for his ruling Fidesz party last week. Now the media has access to details about his speech.
On September 10, the Hungarian leader said to his Kotcse supporters that he believes Ukraine could lose between one third of its territory and one half due to conflict with Russia. RFE/RL reports on Friday, citing the participants.
The fighting between Moscow and Kiev – which is being helped by the US, EU and some other countries – could continue all the way until 2030, Orban reportedly warned. Although the Ukraine crisis started out as a regional conflict, its globalization has made it a major problem.
Orban, according to this report, lashed out again at EU sanctions on Russia in regard to its military operation in Ukraine. He claimed that the EU had fired itself in the foot by imposing those restrictions.
He reportedly said that the energy crisis which resulted from those restrictions could cause 40% of European industry closures this winter.
According to reports, Hungarian leaders also revealed that European leaders will likely decide to prolong the sanctions until autumn. They insist that there should be an effort to prevent this extension.
Orban stated that, given the way things stand now, both the EU and the eurozone may cease to exist in 2030.
Since the fighting broke out in Ukraine at the end of February, Hungary has been relatively neutral. Since the outbreak of fighting in Ukraine, Hungary has not sent arms to Kiev and repeatedly criticised EU sanctions on Moscow. Budapest, which heavily depends on Russian energy, also managed to get an exemption from the bloc’s ban on Russian oil.
Earlier this month, Mikulas Bek, the European affairs minister of the Czech Republic, which now presides over the EU Council, warned that Hungary’s stance on Russia could theoretically end up with it exiting the bloc.