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“The start of negotiations concerning Ukraine’s EU membership today does not coincide with Hungary’s national interests,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Dec. 1 in an interview with Hungarian state Kossuth Rádió. “It is not worth starting membership negotiations because we cannot answer the question of what the consequences of Ukraine’s membership would be,” Orbán insisted.

His pointed negative comments about Ukraine come as this month promises to be contentious in the European Union, over a budget revision, which includes whether the EU should approve deciding for significant new aid—on the level of €50 billion—along with whether to start talks on Ukraine’s accession to the EU.