Ukraine ‘light years away’ from joining EU, says Hungarian PM Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Ukraine is «light years away» from joining the EU.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban delivers a speech after he was re-elected as party president of the ruling Hungarian Fidesz party in Budapest, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023.© Szilard Koszticsak/MTI — Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund

The comments came as he was reelected as the president of the right-wing nationalist Fidesz party for the 11th consecutive time in Budapest on Saturday.

“Our task will be to correct the mistaken promise to start negotiations with Ukraine since Ukraine is now light years away from the European Union,” Orban said.  

Hungary’s Prime Minister argued that the EU’s promise to start admission talks with Kyiv was a «mistake,» adding he and his government would “resist” EU talks scheduled for mid-December on whether to formally extend an invitation to Kyiv to join.

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