Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday called for peace talks between the US and Russia to end the war in Ukraine and said the EU needs a new approach to the conflict.
“A new strategy is needed, which should focus on peace negotiations instead of trying to win the war,” Orban said during a speech in Romania. He said that only talks between the US and Russia “can put an end to the conflict because Russia wants security guarantees” that only Washington can give.
In the months leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US and Russia were engaged in talks on security proposals put forward by Moscow. Chief among Russia’s demands was a guarantee that Ukraine would never join NATO, but the US refused to make the promise even though it was clear the alliance wouldn’t admit Kyiv.
After the invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he had previously appealed to NATO to say clearly if his country could join or not. “The response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open,” Zelensky told CNN in March.
Orban said that the EU approach to the war has failed as European governments are collapsing “like dominoes,” and sanctions have backfired. “We are sitting in a car that has a puncture in all four tires; it is absolutely clear that the war cannot be won in this way,” he said.
The Hungarian leader said he doesn’t think Ukraine can win the war because “the Russian army has assymetrical dominance.” He said that the more the West sends advanced weapons into Ukraine, “the more the war drags on.”
Orban usually finds himself at odds with the rest of the EU and secured Hungary an exemption to the bloc’s ban on importing Russian oil that’s due to take effect by the end of the year. Hungary is very reliant on Russian energy, and the IMF is warning the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) could decline by over 6% if it’s cut off from Russian gas.
The EU as a whole will face a serious crisis if it loses access to Russian gas, which the bloc is preparing for as a consequence of its sanctions campaign. The head of the International Energy Agency said last week that the EU must reduce its gas consumption by a staggering 20% to make it through the winter.
8 thoughts on “Hungary’s Orban Says US-Russia Peace Talks Needed to End Ukraine War”
US is now a pawn in a NATO-spawned game that is rapidly spinning out of control. Previously the US ran NATO like a toy poodle on a leash; the poodle has, however, grown ravenous, and its master is racing behind, trying to keep up, tripping over his own legs.
U.S. doesn’t want peace. Orban is wasting his time.
“U.S. doesn’t want peace. Orban is wasting his time.”
No, clearly the US does not want peace – permanent, increased military spending, rationalized by a new, self-created Cold War is the neocon-driven, foreign policy establishment goal.
Now, whether Orban’s statement – which goes public with some NATO members’ unspoken views, and a lot of their citizens’ polled views – is the ‘exception that proves the rule’…
…or whether it prefigures a greater break…we’ll see…
…Let’s see how other NATO governments, their competing political parties, and mainstream presses respond to Orban.
The drive to global empire is the ideology of a tiny group of sociopathic intellectuals and their bourgeois elite sponsors, Not “the US” or western Europe. Victor Orban is taking an heroic stand that could upset Washington’s bloody project if this winter sees mass risings in the European street. No doubt our MSM will now kick their vilification machine into high gear. He will have to be destroyed.
My usual response is appropriate: “That Ain’t Gonna Happen.”
Only problem with this,is, Biden only can shake hands with people are doesn’t exist,unless he sit down with Russians with his Psychiatrist Sigmond Freud.
For Americans, proxy war doesn’t needed to end.
Perhaps tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine soil would be the right now so to end the war,just like used by Americans on Japanese, although Japanese surrendered but, American used the tactical nuclear weapon anyway.
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