The French president is continuing negotiations with the Hungarian prime minister on a new sanctions package against Russia, an agreement is expected later this week.
French President Emmanuel Macron plans a telephone conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday to reach an agreement on the oil embargo against Russia, writes Guardian Clément Beaune, following the statement by the French Secretary of State for European Affairs. According to the French, they could agree later this week, despite the fact that Orbán likened the union’s latest sanctions package to an atomic bomb.
As we have reported, Ursula von der Leyen arrived in the Hungarian capital on Monday afternoon in the case to discuss the Russian oil embargo in person with Viktor Orbán. the president of the european commission later found the meeting useful and said they had made progress, but “more work” was needed.
Von der Leyen also promised to convene a video conference on the matter, with the participation of regional actors, because he said that “regional cooperation could help lift Hungarian resistance to the oil embargo.” Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó described the meeting as “some progress”, but reiterated in his Monday evening video the previous rigid position that “the planned package of sanctions in Brussels would destroy Hungarian energy security, so the Hungarian government cannot support it”.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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