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The White House sees Orbán and Putin’s meeting in Moscow as “counterproductive”

The United States Administration has called the meeting this Friday in Moscow between the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, “counterproductive”; a meeting that has received criticism from a large part of the international community.

This was stated by the White House spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, at a press conference, where she acknowledged that Washington is “concerned” about the surprising trip of Orbán, who at the beginning of the week assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the Union. European Union for the next six months.

“Russia could end this war today by stopping its aggression against Ukraine, against its sovereignty, against its democracy. They can withdraw, they can withdraw right now,” stressed Jean-Pierre, who regrets that the meeting between Orbán and Putin is going ahead. detriment to kyiv’s interests.

Orbán explained that his visit this Friday to Moscow was intended to learn first-hand about President Putin’s opinions on how to resolve the war in Ukraine and has marked the six-month period of his rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union to achieve peace.

For his part, Putin has again ruled out a ceasefire since it would help the “kyiv regime” to recover and prepare to counterattack. “Russia is in favor of a complete and definitive end to the conflict,” said Putin, who emphasizes the need for Ukraine to withdraw its troops from Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

On the other hand, Putin has said that he has perceived Orbán’s visit to Moscow as a way of trying to reestablish dialogue with the European Union, at a time when “they are at their lowest point” and Hungary holds the rotating presidency. in Brussels.

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