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The Hungarian Prime Minister said he was working to reach a diplomatic solution to the conflict between kyiv and Moscow.

The path to peace and security in Ukraine could include establishing a buffer zone next to the Russian border, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said. As the conflict between Moscow and kyiv enters its third year, the flow of Western military and financial aid to Ukraine is dwindling, while its army is losing ground.

Orban suggested that the time had come to establish a ceasefire, the Hungarian magazine Mandiner wrote on Friday, citing the prime minister’s meeting with former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel in Budapest.

There remains no “reasonable dispute between Russia and the West,” Orban added.

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“Europeans are not happy that their governments want to provide more financial aid to Ukraine,” he said, explaining that Europe cannot provide the kind of support that would result in a military victory of Ukraine. EU states have allocated 77 billion euros ($83 billion) in aid to kyiv, while pledging 144 billion euros since the conflict began in February 2022, according to the German Institute in Kiel.

Ukraine lost several strategically important cities in Donbass last month. kyiv officials have repeatedly cited a lack of Western-supplied munitions as the reason for their battlefield setbacks.

Orban doubled down on his idea of ​​a buffer zone next to the Russian border as an ideal peace solution for Ukraine, provided there are “additional security guarantees”. Without it, he said, “they could lose their country.”

He stressed that Russia would never accept Ukraine’s membership in NATO. Moscow said one of the main causes of the conflict was the expansion of the US-led military bloc towards Russia’s borders.

President Vladimir Putin said one of the main goals of the Russian military operation was to move Kiev away from its goal of NATO membership – an ambition enshrined in the country’s 2019 constitution. Although Prime Hungarian minister condemned the Russian military operation, he has on several occasions spoken out against the way in which the EU is handling this issue. Unlike other EU states, Hungary has not sent any weapons to kyiv, thus limiting its contribution to humanitarian aid.



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