Political Director Balázs Orbán: If one wants to end the war, you need to restore communication channels

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's recent visit to Russia underscores Hungary's diplomatic efforts to facilitate peace in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In an interview with Euractiv, Balázs Orbán, the political director for PM Orbán, elaborated on this mission, highlighting Hungary's proactive stance on maintaining dialogue and exploring ceasefire possibilities.

Director Orbán explained that the primary purpose of the visit was to assess the potential for a ceasefire. "We did not go to Moscow or Kyiv to convince anybody or present a changed situation – they know exactly the European situation," he stated. Instead, the visit aimed to explore possible pathways to a ceasefire, a step Hungary believes is inevitable. "It will come sooner or later – this is how this conflict will end," he wrote. Hungary is confident that a ceasefire will eventually be reached and believes that the sooner it comes, the better it will be for Europe.

He stressed the importance of maintaining communication channels, asserting that "if one wants to end the war, you need to restore communication channels." This sentiment reflects Hungary's view that ongoing dialogue is crucial for resolving the conflict and ensuring that Europe plays a significant role in any potential agreements.

Prime Minister Orbán’s visit to Moscow, following his trip to Kyiv, was labeled a “peace mission” by Hungary, highlighting the country's commitment to diplomatic solutions. Despite criticism from other EU leaders, Hungary remains steadfast in its approach, prioritizing national interests and advocating for Europe's involvement in future negotiations.

Balázs Orbán expressed concerns about Europe being excluded from potential deals if communication channels are not maintained. "We Europeans – all of us, those who are in favor of the continuation of the war, those who are in favor of peace – we will be in trouble because we will be left out of the deal, which will be made without the Europeans," he warned. This perspective underscores Hungary's belief in the importance of Europe having a significant role in peace negotiations to avoid detrimental consequences for European governments.

Reflecting on Hungary's broader foreign policy, Balázs Orbán discussed the need for Europe to develop its defense capabilities. "Europe should have an independent, strategically autonomous foreign policy, which requires defense funding for national armies and industry," he explained. This aligns with Hungary's strategic goal of ensuring that Europe can act independently in its foreign and defense policies.

As the EU undergoes discussions about its future leadership, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed opposition to incumbent European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's potential second mandate. "Von der Leyen unfortunately represents the last five years – this is why we cannot work together with her," he wrote, emphasizing the need for new leadership that aligns more closely with the interests of EU member states.

Prime Minister Orbán's diplomatic missions and the Hungarian government's strategic initiatives highlight our commitment to fostering peace and ensuring Europe's significant role in resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Balázs Orbán's insights reflect Hungary's determination to pursue a path that prioritizes both national interests and broader European stability.

You can read the original article from Euractiv here.