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‘World centimeters away from global conflict,’ warns Hungarian PM Orban

'World centimeters away from global conflict,' warns Hungarian PM Orban Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a business conference in Budapest, Hungary, June 9, 2021, Reuters
By Dogacan Basaran
Jun 7, 2024 12:44 PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban has warned that the world is just “centimeters” away from the point where a new major war becomes inevitable.

Orban made these remarks during a rare interview on a public radio station, emphasizing the limited access that independent media has had to him in recent years.

In his latest interview, just two days before local and European Parliament elections, Orban commented on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, stating that the world is on the brink of a major war. He described a crucial point of no return that, if crossed, could lead to irreversible consequences. Orban expressed hope that the situation could be managed until the U.S. presidential election in November, suggesting that a “transatlantic peace coalition” under a potential Donald Trump presidency could help avert a larger conflict.

Orban also criticized the European Union’s decision to ban Russian state news broadcasts, calling it an infringement on freedom of information. He argued that people should have access to both Ukrainian and Russian news to make informed decisions about the conflict.

Regarding NATO’s involvement in Ukraine, Orban emphasized Hungary’s commitment to the alliance’s defensive nature but expressed reluctance to participate in what NATO terms as “the Ukrainian mission.” He warned that any involvement, even in planning, could lead to Hungary being drawn into the conflict against its will, potentially compromising its sovereignty.

Orban’s interview sheds light on Hungary’s stance on international relations and its efforts to maintain independence in the face of escalating tensions.

Last Updated:  Jun 22, 2024 10:03 AM