Hungarian PM Slams Potential NATO Troops in Ukraine, Vows to Keep Communication Lines Open with Russia

Hungary’s top diplomat warns that presence of Western troops in Ukraine could lead to ‘world war’

Following French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that Western ground troops in Ukraine should not be “ruled out,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed his concerns about the possibility of NATO member states sending troops to Ukraine. Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told TASS that “words matter” and emphasized the security threats posed by such an action.

Despite opposition from most NATO allies, Macron’s message was not condemned by all European leaders. However, Szijjártó had already stated that Hungary was not willing to send weapons or soldiers to Ukraine. He reiterated this stance when he spoke with TASS, stating that communication channels between Russia and Hungary remain open.

Orbán has maintained communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago, even congratulating him on his election win last month, which was widely criticized by most Western democracies as rigged. Despite this, Szijjártó emphasized that Hungary keeps an open line of communication with Putin and Orbán can have discussions at any time if needed.

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