Hungarian Prime Minister Orban: without talks between Russia and the United States there will never be peace in Ukraine says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Index reports.
Orban is visiting the United States.
He is convinced that the strategy of the “globalist” leaders leads to a prolongation of hostilities in Ukraine and reduces the chances of a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and “without US-Russian negotiations there will never be peace in Ukraine.”
“Only strong leaders can restore peace <. ..> we really need strong leaders who can negotiate a peace deal, so we need a strong America with a strong leader, — said the prime minister during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking about the possibility of negotiations with Russia on Ukraine, said in early March that Washington was ready to engage in dialogue with Moscow after it withdraws its troops and agrees to move on to a diplomatic settlement.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv held several rounds of negotiations, including in person. The last face-to-face meeting of the parties took place at the end of March in Istanbul. However, in mid-May, the peace talks were suspended. The Russian side blamed Kyiv for their freezing.
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In mid-July, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that there was no talk of resuming negotiations on a peace agreement now. Vladimir Putin himself spoke of the sabotage of the dialogue by Kyiv and argued that Moscow does not refuse negotiations. “Those who refuse should know that the further, the more difficult it will be to negotiate,” — he warned.
Russia demanded that Ukraine fix the country's neutral, non-aligned and non-nuclear status and recognize “the prevailing territorial realities, including the current status of Crimea, as well as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.”
The main demands of Kyiv were a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops, as well as the provision of international guarantees in exchange for a neutral status. In mid-July, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, stated that “the liberation of our territories” and “restoration of our territorial integrity and full sovereignty in the east and south of Ukraine” is the “ultimate negotiating position” Kyiv.
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