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RESPONSIBILITY ‘AT HEART OF EU PRESIDENCY’

Viktor Orbán and Volodymyr Zelensky agreed on a number of issues that require follow-up at the highest level, EU affairs minister has said.
 

The possibility of another top-level meeting could be considered if both the Hungarian and the Ukrainian governments made progress in their tasks on these issues, János Bóka told public television in an interview. “I believe that the Hungarian prime minister has done more for peace in the past 24 hours than European leaders have during the past twelve months,” Bóka said. Hungary’s EU presidency, he added, could make proposals and suggestions concerning the European stance on the war but decisions themselves had to be taken by the bloc’s leaders, he said, adding that the prime minister had immediately reported on the discussions to the president of the European Council and to member states’ heads of state and government. Political responsibility is what gives meaning to Hungary’s EU presidency, as the key priorities of the bloc’s next five years can be set during this period, Bóka said, insisting that the EU presidency had got off to a “flying start” and noting that Orbán has met the president of the European Council, held talks with Zelensky in Kyiv, and received the Secretary-General of the Council.