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Hungary persists in blocking all future EU summit decisions on Ukraine

Monday, 11 December 2023, 09:02
Hungary persists in blocking all future EU summit decisions on Ukraine
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Budapest has remained intent on blocking all decisions on Ukraine to be considered at the EU leaders' summit as of Sunday, 10 December.

Source: Rikard Jozwiak, Radio Liberty's Brussels correspondent

Details: The journalist reported that EU ambassadors met in Brussels on Sunday, 10 December as part of the preparations for the summit, concluding that everything had stayed the same in the situation with the Hungarian veto.

"No movement as Hungary still blocks everything related to Ukraine. If it is solved, it will be solved at the EU summit on 14-15 December," Jozwiak noted.

Background: 

  • Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán notoriously opposes the commencement of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU and does not even want this issue to be brought up for discussion at the summit. The Hungarian PM also refuses to support the €50 billion multi-year financial support tool for Ukraine and the EU's military support programme for Ukraine.
  • On Sunday, 10 December, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke briefly with Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán during the former's visit to the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected president of Argentina.
  • The Ukrainian president also had a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted Orbán in Paris on Friday (8 December), and with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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