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Former Lithuanian foreign minister says Orban wants to undermine EU

Linas Linkevičius (Image: DELFI/Š.Mažeikos)
Former Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius (Image: DELFI/Š.Mažeikos)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to turn the European Union into a market to ruin it, says former Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.
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“The EU is being forced to transfer from a union of values into a market where the right to act without the rules can be bought at the expense of those values. Orban is not going to change. His goal (or maybe someone else’s task?) is to ruin the entire EU. We must stop it,” the diplomat wrote on X.

The criticism of Hungarian policy on the EU’s enlargement came after the numerous statements of the country’s officials and Orban himself that Hungary would not support any of the bloc’s proposals to begin EU membership talks with Ukraine.

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On 14 December, the EU member states decided to start EU accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova at the EU Council Summit in Brussels, according to the Council’s President Charles Michel.

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The Hungarian prime minister, who also attended the summit, exited the room, following a pre-arranged and constructive plan, as the remaining 26 leaders proceeded with the vote.

Later, Orbán distanced himself from other EU leaders with a video message on Facebook:

“EU membership of Ukraine is a bad decision. Hungary does not want to participate in this bad decision, and therefore stayed away from the decision today.”

Despite being reluctant to initiate talks with Kyiv, Hungary did not exercise its veto power.

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