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“Peace Mission 3.0”: Hungarian Prime Minister Orban arrives in Beijing

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived in Beijing on Monday, continuing his self-described “peace mission” that has already included stops in Kyiv and Moscow.
“Peace Mission 3.0”: Hungarian Prime Minister Orban arrives in Beijing

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrived in Beijing on 8 July to continue his “peace mission,” as he announced on X.

This visit marks the third stop in Orban’s recent diplomatic tour, following meetings in Kyiv and Moscow.

Reuters, citing Hungarian government spokesman Bertalan Havasi, reports that Orban is scheduled to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has also confirmed the Hungarian politician’s visit, according to the news agency.

This Beijing trip follows Orban’s visit to Moscow on 5 July, where he discussed potential ways to resolve the war between Russia and Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Hungarian Prime Minister’s office stated that they “started negotiations about peace” during this meeting.

Just three days prior, on 2 July, Orban was in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. During this meeting, the Hungarian leader called for considering a ceasefire, arguing it could expedite peace negotiations.

“This could accelerate peace talks,” Orban reportedly said regarding a potential ceasefire. However, he also acknowledged the peace initiatives proposed by the Ukrainian president, noting that their implementation would require “a lot of time.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rejected a suggestion from the Hungarian Prime Minister to consider a ceasefire in Ukraine.

Orban’s diplomatic efforts in Kyiv, Moscow, and now Beijing appear to be part of a broader strategy to position Hungary as a mediator in the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine.

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