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Hungary’s Orban will visit Trump in Florida after the NATO summit in Washington
Hungary’s Orban will visit Trump in Florida after the NATO summit in Washington

The Republican leader recently said he believes he could persuade Putin, if he were to win a second term, to end his war in Ukraine and release Americans imprisoned in Russia.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Photo: Kremlin via dpa

Orban will travel to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort after the NATO summit in Washington.

His visit to Moscow became a central point of discussion at the meeting, where other allies pledged additional air defenses to Ukraine in its ongoing fight against the large-scale Russian invasion beginning in 2022.

Trump, the likely Republican nominee, has not asked the Hungarian president to lay the groundwork for any kind of peace deal between Ukraine and Russia, according to a person familiar with the Orban visit who was granted anonymity for the discussion.

The person described the visit, which will take place a few days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, as more of an informal meeting.

Orban also visited President Xi Jinping in China this week after visiting Azerbaijan earlier this month.

Spokesmen for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spokesmen for the Hungarian government also did not initially comment.

Hungary took over the EU Council Presidency on July 1. EU officials have criticized Orban’s trips and say they could undermine the positions of the 27 EU members on global issues.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that Orban “made it clear upon his arrival in Moscow that he was not traveling there on behalf of NATO.”

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Hungary’s Orban meets Xi during a self-proclaimed “peace mission” in Ukraine criticized by the West

Hungary’s Orban meets Xi during a self-proclaimed “peace mission” in Ukraine criticized by the West

“Different NATO allies interact with Moscow in different ways,” he added.

The Hungarian president and Trump have a close relationship; Orban visited Mar-a-Lago in March.

Trump celebrated with a tour of his residence, dinner with former First Lady Melania Trump, an hour-long meeting with senior advisers and a musical performance by a band covering Roy Orbison songs.

US President Joe Biden took advantage of this meeting at a subsequent political rally in Philadelphia and said that Orban “does not believe that democracy works” and “is striving for a dictatorship”.

The Biden administration criticized Orban for his friendly relations with Putin and for legislation in Hungary that the State Department warned could “intimidate and punish” critics of the Orban government.

By Everly