Hungarian Prime Minister wants to use Ukraine as a ‘shield' against Russia

24 november 2014 | 11:41

The head of the Hungarian Government explained why Ukraine can not be a member of the EU.

Віктор Орбан
Orban sees Ukraine as a "buffer" between Russia and Hungary
Ukraine does not have the financial independence, and therefore it is still too early to speak about its possible accession to the European Union, according to the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. According to him, Budapest is interested in Ukraine remaining independent as a buffer zone between Hungary and Russia.

Speaking about the tensions between Russia and the West, Hungarian Prime Minister said that his country's interests is an independent Ukraine to separate Hungary from the Russian Federation, said Orban in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, published on Monday, on Nov. 24th.

"We had a common border with the Soviet Union, and a lot of time passed before we got rid of it. We do not want it to be there again," said the politician, noting that today Russia's influence in Central Europe is much weaker than in 2000.

In general, according to Orban, geopolitical interest of Budapest can be described in three words: peace, energy and trade, he said.

As for Ukraine's accession to the EU, Orban said that he does not see such possibility.

"We have to figure out who will pay an annual 25 billion euros needed to support Ukraine. Until this moment there is no question about Ukraine's membership in the EU," he said.

Orban said that he could think of Ukraine as a member of the EU in the medium term and considers this desirable. But at the moment, the Hungarian prime minister raises a number of "buts".

"For this, the country should have a political and economic stability, as well as to be able to control its borders," he said.

Source: Deutsche Welle

1 comment
  • michaelsteele1953 24 november, 16:09
    Be able to control its borders? Bwahaha! When was the last time Hungary defended its borders? 1956? Use Ukraine as a buffer from Russia? Get some brains buddy!