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They want to block aid to Ukraine: why Orban’s allies are meeting with Republicans in the USA

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Allies Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbanopposed to EU accession talks with Ukraine, will hold a closed meeting with Republicans in Washington to seek an end to US military support for Ukraine, The Guardian reports.

Members of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and staff from the Hungarian Embassy in Washington will kick off a two-day event on December 11, organized by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.

The first day includes panel discussions on the war in Ukraine, as well as topics such as the transatlantic culture wars. Guests are expected to include Magor Erney, international director of the Center for Fundamental Rights, the institute that organized CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Hungary.

Some meeting participants, including Republican members of Congress, were invited to take part in closed-door talks the next day, the source said. The meeting will take place against the backdrop of intense debate in Washington over the future of Ukraine. Last week, the White House warned that without Congressional action, money to buy weapons and equipment for Kyiv would run out before the end of the year. Senate Republicans have blocked an emergency spending bill to finance the war in Ukraine.

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This was reported by a diplomatic source close to the Hungarian Embassy: “Orban is confident that aid to Ukraine will not pass in Congress. That is why he is trying to block assistance from the EU.

Orban is a frequent critic of aid to Ukraine against the Russian invasion. He has been seen as Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in the EU over the past few years, and two months ago he was photographed in Beijing smiling and shaking hands with the Russian president.

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Orbán recently demanded that the issue of Ukraine’s membership of the European Union (EU) be removed from the agenda of the European Council in December. The Hungarian leader wrote about this on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter: “It is obvious that the European Commission’s proposal for Ukraine’s accession to the EU is unfounded and poorly prepared.”

The Heritage Foundation leads Project 2025, a coalition preparing for the next conservative presidential administration. This center also strongly opposed United States aid to Ukraine. In August Victoria Coates, Vice President, Heritagewrote on social networks: “It’s time to put an end to blank, undated checks for Ukraine.”.

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Earlier it was reported that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to delay negotiations on anti-Russian sanctions until the EU summit on December 14-15 in order to further blackmail Europe and achieve, for example, the unblocking of EU funds.

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Author: Victoria MIKYTYUK, “FACTS”

Source: Fakty

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