Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has held a telephone conversation with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sánchez against the backdrop of Spain’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Orbán has once again said that EU leaders should refrain from discussing Ukraine’s accession to the EU during the December meeting of the Council of the EU.
Quote from Orbán: "I had a frank phone conversation today with [Spanish] Prime Minister [Pedro Sánchez]. My message was clear: we should refrain from discussing the issue of Ukraine’s EU accession during the December [Council of the European Union], as there is no unity among member states on this matter."
I had a frank phone conversation today with 🇪🇸 Prime Minister @sanchezcastejon . My message was clear: we should refrain from discussing the issue of Ukraine’s EU accession during the December #EUCO, as there is no unity among member states on this matter.— Orbán Viktor (@PM_ViktorOrban) December 7, 2023
Details: Meanwhile, Sánchez said, without giving any details, that he discussed "Ukraine’s progress towards accession to the EU" with Orbán. He promised that Spain will do everything it can in its capacity as the President of the Council of the EU to achieve consensus and maintain military support for Ukraine.
"Protecting international order founded on rules is one of the European Union’s foundational values," Sánchez stressed.
He conversado con el primer ministro de Hungría, @PM_ViktorOrban, sobre los avances hacia la adhesión de Ucrania a la UE, de cara al Consejo Europeo de la semana próxima.— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) December 7, 2023
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