Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that as long as there are no direct Russian-American negotiations, there is little chance of ending the war in Ukraine. He said this in an interview with state radio on Friday.
Orban reiterated that the West's strategy for war in Ukraine has failed. He said sanctions against the Russians and arms deliveries to the West are not working, so negotiations must be held.
"Peace must be achieved, peace talks must be held," Magyar Nemzet quoted Orban as saying.
Orban said the key role here is played by the Americans, who, he said, are financing the war.
"As after World War II, again we have to wait for a safe agreement from Russian-American arrangements," the Hungarian prime minister said.
Orban noted that the U.S. has backed Ukraine with $50 billion, and he does not know who will provide that amount to the Ukrainians in the next six months, but he is sure that "Europe does not have that much money."
"As long as the U.S. believes that this military strategy can lead to results, no change will follow," the Hungarian prime minister said. He also noted that the current U.S. midterm elections could change the perception of the Russia-Ukraine war. As a reminder, Orban previously stated that in his opinion, the war would not have come to this if Donald Trump had been president of the United States in the crucial months.
Orban stressed: if the strategy of the West and Brussels in particular on the war in Ukraine does not change, "from October we should expect a war economy. People are facing declining consumption and rising prices, the latter, according to the prime minister, being "the antechamber of the war economy."