Two EU member states agree with Viktor Orbán that one of the main objectives of the European Union should be to achieve a ceasefire and peace negotiations.
Hungary, Italy and Cyprus agree that a ceasefire and peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine should be one of the priorities of the European Union. But other member states are calling for a hard line on Russia.
“unwavering in its commitment to help Ukraine exercise its inherent right of self-defense against Russian aggression”,
however, it does not mention peace negotiations.
Reuters learned from EU delegates at last Friday’s meeting that the Italian Ambassador was proposing changes to the text. These changes were later supported by Hungary and Cyprus. The Italian suggestion is that the document should include a reference to peace talks, with an immediate ceasefire as one of the main objectives.
Opposing views of Hungary and Cyprus
As is known, Hungary opposes the EU oil embargo, while Cyprus opposes a plan that would ban Russian citizens from buying property in Cyprus. But other member states, Reuters reports, call for tough action against Russia. The Baltic countries and Poland are the most committed supporters of this approach.
Latvia, for example, called for even clearer language on military support for Ukraine.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen herself took a tough stance in her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos:
“Ukraine must win this war, and Putin’s aggression must be a strategic failure,”
Sanctions against Russian oil
Hungary has long considered that it cannot support the oil embargo in its current form. Thus, he is forced to use his right of veto in the absence of adequate safeguards. Like atv.hu writingOrbán does not even want to discuss the proposal at next week’s EU summit, a clear decision for Charles Michel.
“[Negotiating a sanctions package] would only underscore our internal divisions without giving us a realistic chance to resolve our differences. I therefore propose that the next European Council does not consider this issue”,
wrote Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán in a letter to the President of the European Council.
Source: Reuters, atv.hu, hirklikk.hu