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At stake in this Sunday's general election is no longer simply whether Hungary goes forward or backwards, but whether there is peace or war, Viktor Orbán said in an interview.

The Hungarian opposition “poses a serious risk to peace”, while ruling Fidesz guarantees peace, the prime minister told news portal Origo. Orbán noted that at the start of the campaign, Fidesz’s opponents held a primary election, and it had become clear that the election would decide whether “the pre-2010 era would make a comeback or if we can keep going forward”. But in the middle of the campaign a war broke out and, unlike the second round of the Yugoslav Wars which involved countries smaller than Hungary, it was now Ukraine and Russia at war, the latter a nuclear power. The campaign has been “cut in half” by an unprecedented event, he added. But in spite of the war “we can have a sense of security, because although Russia is a nuclear power and its strength can’t be doubted, NATO is stronger,” Orbán said. There is a war going on in Hungary’s neighbour that involves a global power, but if that global power wanted to advance beyond Ukraine’s borders, it would run into NATO’s defences, “and that’s what will protect us”, he said.