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Thursday, 2 February 2017

POLITICS

Hungary's Orban and ally Putin cement closer ties
Peter Murphy & Maria Pania

Putin & Viktor
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban cemented closer ties at talks Thursday, amid growing EU rifts over sanctions against Moscow because of its meddling in Ukraine. The Budapest meeting with the right-wing Orban -- who wants the European Union to lift its punitive measures -- was Putin's first visit to a bloc member since the shock election of US President Donald Trump in November.


Experts said Trump's ascendancy and the wave of populism sweeping across Europe is emboldening the two strongmen to push harder against the EU.

At a joint press conference with Putin, Orban denounced what he called "a strong anti-Russian atmosphere" in the West.

"Anti-Russian policies have become fashionable in the West," he said.

But "the world is in the process of a substantial realignment and we believe that this realignment will create more favourable conditions for the EU-Russia," Orban added.

"It's hard to foresee global economic prosperity without Russia."

Putin meanwhile hailed Hungary as an "important and reliable partner for Russia in Europe".

- Close ties with Putin -

The Kremlin hopes that Trump's apparent affinity for Putin will lead to a thaw in frosty ties between Moscow and Washington.

Relations have plunged to a post-Cold War low over Ukraine where violence again escalated this week despite a December ceasefire.

The Eurosceptic Orban -- one of the few leaders to publicly support Trump -- enjoys close ties with Putin but has yet to break ranks with the EU and formally oppose the sanctions imposed on the Russian economy for the last three years.

"Orban will take a step closer to Putin in terms of rhetoric due to a change in the international context," said political analyst Andras Deak in Budapest.

EU sanctions were extended in December until the end of July 2017, despite some nations increasingly questioning their impact.

Brussels' focus on maintaining unity on Russia sanctions could take a backseat as fears mount that Trump's policies pose a major threat to the already bickering bloc and nationalist parties gear up for elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Thursday's discussions included Russia's planned expansion of Hungary's only nuclear power plant and other energy issues, with Budapest highly dependent on Russian gas imports.

"We are ready to finance the expansion 100 percent," Putin said on Thursday.

Construction of two 1,200 megawatt reactors at the Paks plant outside Budapest has been viewed sceptically by the European Commission, which is yet to give its green light to the project.

- 'Disrupt' EU and NATO -

Ahead of the visit, the Kremlin said the visit "bears witness to the personal ties and confidence" between Orban and Putin.

The pair have met regularly over the past six years and Orban was the first European leader to welcome Putin after his annexation of the Black Sea Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

While state media hailed the new meeting as a sign of Hungary's key role in improving East-West relations, the left-leaning news website 444.hu said Putin was counting on Orban to help "disrupt the (EU and NATO) from the inside".

Orban said last month that Trump's aggressively nationalist push signalled a welcome move away from the "illusion of federalism" to a "bilateral" era, notably in economic and military matters.

Thursday's visit took place amid a sudden uptick in bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, with at least 20 people killed in recent days.

Russia and Ukraine lashed out at each other, with Kiev saying one of its planes was shot at over the Black Sea during what Moscow called a "dangerous flyby".

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday also warned he wants to hold a referendum on his country joining NATO, in comments bound to further irk Moscow.

The conflict has claimed nearly 10,000 lives since 2014, more than half of them civilians.

The Kremlin denies backing the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and only admits that Russian "volunteers" and off-duty soldiers have entered the war zone of their own free will.


"Ukrainian authorities are not ready to apply the terms" of the 2015 Minsk peace accords, Putin said Thursday.

SOURCE: Newsweek

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