Hungary decided to go it alone and approve Chinese and Russian Covid-19 vaccines before Brussels did. The move came at a tense time for EU-Russia relations, with sanctions mooted over the persecution of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on top of those still in place due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
But the Hungarian government, accused by Brussels of breaking the bloc's rules by attacking the media and the rule of law, seems to be cosying up to Moscow in a whole range of areas, reports France24 English.
Opposition-leaning analysts believe that the Prime Minister did a grave disservice to his country by taking sides with former president Donald Trump and his supporters in his address to the CPAC meeting. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, take the event as proof that Prime Minister Orbán has become an important international actor.