The Democratic Coalition opposition party has accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of striking a “dirty deal” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Hungarian gas reserves were “running dry” as a result. László Varju, DK’s shadow minister for energy and utility affairs, said in a statement on Thursday that the government had “failed to arrange the purchase of gas other than Russian gas and has been buying gas from Russia for several times of the world market price” as a result of the “Orbán-Putin deal”. “While other European Union member states are not allowing themselves to be blackmailed, and refuse to finance Putin’s war, Orbán has opted for dependence on Russian gas,” he said. “As a result, Hungarians are paying seven times the price of gas, while gas reserves are running dry in the middle of winter,” he added. He said the shadow government was “Hungary’s only hope” when it came to ensuring affordable gas supplies for everyone.