Foreign threats do not weaken public support for President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian PM says
The administration of US President Joe Biden “misunderstands” Russians expect economic sanctions and frontline losses to erode support for President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed.
Western policy focuses on “How to give more freedom to the people” while for Russians the top priority is national unity, Orban told US journalist Tucker Carlson in an interview published on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday.
“It creates a sort of military approach [by Russia]… always on safety, security, buffer zone, geopolitical approaches”, explained the Hungarian Prime Minister, arguing that this attitude was “legitimate” given the history of Russia.
We can’t beat them [with the current strategy]. It’s impossible. They will not kill their leader, they will never abandon him, they will maintain the unity of the country and defend it.
Carlson asked Orban what could happen to Russia and its nuclear arsenal if the West succeeded in doing so. “assassination” Poutine. The Hungarian prime minister replied that people had forgotten that when Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin in 2000, the greatest fear in the West was that he would prove weak and anarchy would ensue. If overthrowing the Russian president is really Washington’s goal, it is “a mistake” And “more than dangerous” Orban added.
When asked to respond to claims that he was a “Putin’s Bootlicker” Orban said Russia has historically played a leading role in stifling Hungarian independence aspirations. The idea that a politician elected in Hungary could therefore be subject to Moscow is laughable, he argued.
Orban further insisted that Budapest supports a quick resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, but stressed that it wants to maintain economic relations with Russia, especially in the energy field.
“Without involving the Russians in Europe’s security architecture, we cannot ensure the security of European citizens” he underlined. “But now, unfortunately, everything goes against that.”
Some leaders of NATO countries, including Biden, seek to crush Russia by supporting Ukraine militarily, Orban said, adding that Hungary had said early in the conflict that this approach would not work.
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Russia poses no military threat to members of the US-led bloc, as they have conventional capabilities far superior to those of Moscow, Orban insisted. He added that the window of opportunity to bring Ukraine into NATO was long gone and that to achieve peace, Washington would have to recognize that it has the influence to determine whether hostilities will continue or not. stop.