Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara yesterday which focused on the war in Ukraine and energy security issues.
The PM’s press chief Bertalan Havasi said Hungary and Turkey, as neighbors of Ukraine, had an interest in “a just peace” reached through diplomatic means as quickly as possible. “Drifting into war and its escalation must be avoided,” the statement quoting the two leaders said. President Erdoğan thanked Hungary for the solidarity it showed in the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey and for its “enormous help”, especially the “heroic” efforts of Hungarian search and rescue teams. PM Orbán asked Erdoğan to ensure that Turkey continues to be a reliable partner in the delivery of natural gas from the east, which is crucial for Hungarian energy security.