Viktor Orban: The EU strategy with Russia has failed

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave this Saturday the pistolletazo to the exit to the election campaign of the general elections of April 3 with a sp

Viktor Orban: The EU strategy with Russia has failed

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave this Saturday the pistolletazo to the exit to the election campaign of the general elections of April 3 with a speech to the truffled nation of criticism to EU policy with Russia and an invitation to the former president Donald Trump who visits Budapest and Mazo through one of the Ideas Laboratories related to the Government.

In a multitudinal act before the supporters of his party, the Fidesz, Orban, said that "EU strategy with Russia has failed the sanctions are a dead end".

Orban has never hidden his sympathies for Russia, a position that President Vladimir Putin has recognized in full tensions with Ukraine, granting him the privilege of being the first European leader he received in the Kremlin.

Since this meeting, at first of the month, the situation along the borders with Ukraine has been rarefed to the point that the United States and NATO considers that the invasion is imminent.

Orban insisted on this context on the dialogue to find a peaceful solution and advocated the "Hungarian model", which is none other than combining NATO belonging with good relations with Moscow.

Orban, who turned his traditional "valuation of the year" speech into an allegation to his 12 years of management, his re-election is played. Surveys predict a very tight result since it is the first time that the opposition, a single block led by the independent Péter Márki-Zay has possibilities to conquer power.

The race will be so tight that the alarms have jumped last week, 20 Hungarian civil associations, including Hungarian Committee of Helsinki, International Transparency and Amnesty International Hungary, formally applied for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and His office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) who send a large-scale mission instead of the "limited" mission that the organization usually deploy among EU members.

The Hungarian elections are transcendental for the EU, although all looks focus on French, second in the calendar. The victory of Orban would mean, among others, the continuity of the bosom of the Union of Iliberal Democracy that represents, of the Hungary-Poland clamp, of conflicts with Brussels around the fulfillment of the Rule of Law.

Orban and the Fidesz will deploy all resources at their disposal to retain power and this strategy responds to Trump's invitation. "People of Fidesz would really like Trump to visit Budapest in March," said the source, adding that Trump has not yet responded to the invitation. If it happens, the visit would be the first known trip of Trump out of the US since he lost elections in 2020.

Orban was one of Trump's first supporters, already supported him in the summer of 2016, and he also became publicly supported him in the 2020 vote. The couple spoke on the phone in January and Trump returned the favor, publicly supporting Orban for the April elections. A visit in the person of the United States Former Speaker would be seen as a great campaign momentum. "These visits have a great influence on the Hungarian conservative community, because they come to [Trump] as an icon, as someone who passed the presidency of him with strong winds against," said a source close to Fidesz.

Coinciding with the Electoral Day, a referendum will be held on LGBTQ topics, a consultation that in itself these groups consider harmful to encourage hatred and discrimination.

Date Of Update: 13 February 2022, 18:49

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