On Tuesday, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Prime Minister Viktor Orbán; during the conversation, the parties spoke about Ukraine’s European intergration, the taking in of war refugees and further areas of Hungarian-Ukrainian cooperation, Bertalan Havasi, the Deputy State Secretary heading the Press Office of the Prime Minister informed the Hungarian news agency MTI.
During the talks, Mr Orbán stressed that Hungary supports the proposal that Ukraine be granted EU member candidate status, and that the bureaucratic obstacles to Ukraine’s actual accession to the EU must be removed within the shortest possible time. The Hungarian Prime Minister informed the Ukrainian head of state that at this week’s EU summit in Brussel he will stand for this position.
Mr Orbán also mentioned that so far Hungary has taken in almost 800,000 Ukrainian refugees, and is ready for further cooperation in the field of energy, the shipment of Ukrainian grain by rail and the reception of even more Ukrainian students.
On behalf of the Ukrainian people, Mr Zelenskyy said thank you for the Hungarian assistance.