Petro Poroshenko, the fifth President of Ukraine and leader of the European Solidarity party, has commented on reports of his intention to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, noting that he planned to discuss the situation with the leaders of the so-called "sceptical states" of the EU in November.
Source: European Pravda with reference to Poroshenko's briefing
Quote: "Indeed, my office and I have appealed to the leaders of the states that are conditionally classified as sceptics. Among them are Hungary, Slovakia, and other countries, where I offered to meet and discuss the situation in order to convince the leaders of the states I know very well."
Details: He noted that several heads of states and governments have responded to him and invited him to a meeting.
Commenting on reports that Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó confirmed his intention to meet with Orbán, Poroshenko said: "These meetings, there were several of them, were to take place in November. I officially asked for permission to travel in November. I was denied."
He stressed that the states in question should "vote for the allocation of €50 billion of macro-financial assistance to us, they should vote to invite us to NATO at the Washington summit, and everyone who can, everyone who knows them, should work with them to ensure a positive result."
Poroshenko called the decision not to let him out of the country "senseless, groundless and discrediting not only the opposition, but also democracy in Ukraine".
At the same time, Poroshenko stressed that from 1 to 8 December, he had planned visits exclusively to Poland and the United States, but on 1 December, he was denied entry at the border.
The next day, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that Poroshenko had planned a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Ukrainian intelligence stated that Russian intelligence services had supposedly planned to use this meeting to carry out a psychological operation against Ukraine.
- On 1 December, Ukrainian MP and fifth president Petro Poroshenko said that border guards did not let him leave Ukraine to attend international meetings in the US and Poland.
- On 2 December, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that Poroshenko was planning a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Russian intelligence services supposedly planned to use this meeting to carry out PSYOP against Ukraine.
- Hungary responded by saying that it "does not want to play any role in President Zelenskyy's internal political struggle" and that such news is "another indication that Ukraine is not yet ready for EU membership".
- On 4 December, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó confirmed that Poroshenko did indeed want to meet with the Hungarian prime minister.