Orbán parrots Putin’s lines on Ukraine in leaked letter to EU chief

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In a leaked letter seen Tuesday by POLITICO, the Hungarian prime minister underlined Russian President Vladimir Putin’s maximalist position on Ukraine so thoroughly he could have been auditioning for the role of Kremlin spokesperson.

It caps a week of manic diplomacy, during which Orbán visited Kyiv, then Moscow, and then Beijing, on a self-described Ukraine “peace mission” days after Hungary assumed command of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

He added that Moscow was “ready to consider any ceasefire proposal that does not serve the hidden relocation and reorganization of Ukrainian forces,” without explaining further what Putin meant by that.

“If that debrief tomorrow goes in the same tone as this letter, it will be a pleasant meeting,” a sarcastic EU diplomat, who was granted anonymity to discuss the sensitive subject, told POLITICO.

Orbán wrote, in point eight, that he believed a cease-fire and peace talks were still possible, but added that “in the next two months we will see more dramatic losses and military developments on the frontlines than ever before” if the war doesn’t come to a halt.

On Monday, after Russian forces bombed a children’s hospital in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy trashed his attempt at interlocution with the Kremlin.

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So he flew all the way there to have a meeting that could have been an email. Sounds familiar.