Orban steps up rhetoric over Ukraine war as elections near

BUDAPEST: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to address mass rallies in Budapest on Saturday as he stokes fears of war between the West and Russia with verbal attacks on Brussels and NATO ahead of the election. As Moscow’s closest ally in the EU despite its invasion of Ukraine, Orban has refused to send arms to Kiev while blocking European military aid. He repeatedly said that Ukraine “cannot win” against Russia and claimed that “most people want” a ceasefire and peace talks.

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