Orbán Meets Putin & Appreciates Russia Ties

  • 19 Sep 2018 8:17 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Orbán Meets Putin & Appreciates Russia Ties
Hungary appreciates its relations with Russia and both countries “have an interest in maximising shared achievements”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

It is in Hungary’s national interest that “there should be good cooperation between the two halves of Europe”, including good Hungary-Russia ties, Orbán said at a joint press conference with Putin.

Concerning energy cooperation, Orbán said he had made an agreement with Putin on gas supplies from Russia after 2020.

He noted that Hungary would like to see the Turkish Stream gas pipeline going through Hungary, and asked Putin to support those plans.

On the subject of the Paks upgrade Orbán said that the project was being implemented in a timely manner and necessary adjustments were being made.

He noted “difficulties, technical issues” in the implementation of the project, and referred to “the bureaucratic practices of the European Union so far unknown to Russia”, but voiced confidence and said that “we will make it (the upgrade project) and this will benefit not only Hungary-Russia ties but it will also modernise energy policy links between Russia and Europe”.

The importance of the project “goes far beyond Hungary”, he added.

MTI Photo: Koszticsák Szilárd

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