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Hungarian PM Orbán arrives in Kyiv

This is his first visit since the full-scale war. 

Hungarian PM Orbán arrives in Kyiv
Viktor Orbán
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has arrived in Kyiv, Suspilne reports, citing sources. Yevropeyska Pravda reports that Orban arrived at the Hungarian embassy in a motorcade of many cars. 

The last time the Hungarian prime minister came to Kyiv was in 2012, during the Yanukovych era. The head of the Hungarian government is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

Back in December, he said that he was willing to meet with Zelenskyy, but that he "does not see any topics for talks". And Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that the talks between Orbán and Zelenskyy should be preceded by preparations. 

For years, Hungary has opposed Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration, demanding concessions from Kyiv on the issue of national minorities. In June, Orbán became more accommodating and promised not to block Ukraine's accession to the EU, although he admitted that he did not support Ukraine's membership in general. 

According to Yevropeyska Pravda, in exchange for support for EU accession, Hungary demands, among other things, that the entire Transcarpathian Region be recognised as traditionally Hungarian, not just the one where Hungarians historically lived. In total, Budapest has put forward 11 demands. 

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