EU Summit Tension: Italy Persuades Hungary Over Ukraine Veto

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni played a pivotal role in persuading Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban not to veto Ukraine's European Union accession

by Faruk Imamovic
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EU Summit Tension: Italy Persuades Hungary Over Ukraine Veto
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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni played a pivotal role in persuading Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban not to veto Ukraine's European Union accession, as reported by Italy's Libero Quotidiano. This diplomatic intervention highlights the complex interplay of national interests and political strategies within the EU, particularly regarding the sensitive issue of Ukraine's potential membership.

Italy-Hungary Talks: Averting a Veto

Ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Meloni and Orban held a bilateral meeting to discuss Hungary's stance on Ukraine's EU accession. Hungary's Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, had previously indicated that Hungary would veto the EU’s discussions on Ukraine’s accession if it found them detrimental to Hungarian interests.

Szijjarto's statement underscored Hungary's readiness to use its veto power, stating, "In case Brussels tries to squeeze in during the preparations for the real talks on the [Ukrainian] accession something that would harm us, we will be forced to resort to the tool of tough veto."
Orban, too, expressed skepticism about initiating talks with Ukraine at this juncture, citing the inopportuneness of such a discussion.

This position was consistent with Hungary's previous assertions to keep communication channels with Russia open, aiming to find resolutions to the Ukraine crisis. The significance of this stance was evident during Putin and Orban's meeting in Beijing on October 17 at the Belt and Road international forum.

Challenges in Supporting Ukraine: Perspectives from Russia and Belarus

The issue of Ukraine's EU accession and the broader conflict in the region is not only a matter of European interest but also a global concern. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking at a press conference with Belarusian diplomat Sergey Aleinik, remarked on the challenges faced by the US and European countries in securing funds for Kiev.

"As for talk that it is time to cut aid to Ukraine, we have heard it. And it’s not just talk, as both Europe and the US are already having real difficulty finding extra money to continue supporting [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky’s regime, which has clearly failed to live up to expectations," Lavrov pointed out.

Lavrov explained that the Kiev regime "has failed to play the role of a tool to undermine Russia's security and wipe out our common history and culture, as well as to eliminate all things Russian, in the areas it continues to control."

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