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Hungary’s Orbán Links Shooting of Fico to War Preparations by West

Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán linked yesterday’s shooting of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico with active preparations by Western countries to directly participate in the Ukraine conflict. Neighbors Hungary and Slovakia, both EU and NATO members, border Ukraine, and both countries have been seeking for the country to engage in peace negotiations.

The shooting of Fico “coincided with some other events indicating war preparations,” Orbán told a morning show on Kossuth Radio. He referred to the May 14-15 visit to Kyiv by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. plans to organize $100 billion in aid to Ukraine in the next five years and debates about sending Western troops there. “This gives me the willies,” said Orbán said, according to TASS.

Orbán also revealed that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is planning to visit Hungary in the run-up to elections to the European Parliament. “Major global players are seeking to drag Hungary into war,” as has repeatedly happened throughout history, but this will not occur now, said Orbán. Regarding Ukraine, he insisted that “continued hostilities would mean continued suffering, as the conflict can only be resolved at the negotiating table, and not on the battlefield.”

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