Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called for a ceasefire and peace talks in the Ukraine war, warning globalist leaders the people will eventually rise up and demand new governments.
Orbán, who emphasized his intention to remain neutral in the conflict, recalled the pro-peace Presidency of Donald Trump and looked forward to his return in 2024.
“Can Hungary afford to remain on the side of peace in such circumstances, in a way that is directly opposed to that of our allies?”, Orbán asked.
“Of course we can, because Hungary is an independent, free and sovereign state, “Orbán said, adding that neutrality “the only right thing” to do.
Orbán said that “the war in Ukraine is not a war between the armies of Good and Evil, but a war between the troops of two Slavic countries: a war limited in time and – for the time being – in space. It is their war, not ours.”
Orbán stressed that his country would not participate in the economic sanctions against Russia, adding that it “is not in the national interest.”
He opposed “priests and church leaders being placed on sanctions lists,” and “artists and athletes.”
The Hungarian leader also noted that those outside the West understand “the limited significance of the war in Ukraine and the primacy of their own national interest.”
“We understand that the Ukrainians are trying to convince Europe that the Russians will not stop until they reach the Atlantic, but the Hungarians are not buying that threat. The whole world has seen that Russian forces are not in a position to attack NATO, and will not be in such a position for a long time,” Orbán said.
Orbán slammed NATO countries as “pro-war” while calling his position “pro-peace.”
“We want Russia not to be a threat to Europe, and we want there to be a sufficiently broad and deep area between Russia and Hungary: a sovereign Ukraine.”
“The difference between us is in our view of the means to achieve this: those who support the war think that this can be achieved by defeating Russia; and we think that it can be achieved by an immediate ceasefire and negotiations,” which he called “the only thing that can save lives.”
“NATO is not a war coalition”
Orbán said his country’s NATO membership was “vital,” stressing NATO is a “defense alliance”: “NATO is not a war alliance. NATO is not a war coalition. Membership of NATO does not imply any obligation beyond joint defence, nor can member countries expect any other member to jointly attack a third country for some joint military objective. If some NATO members, or a group of them, want to carry out acts of war outside the territory of the member countries, they must do so outside the framework of NATO.”
Orbán then warned Europe is “drifting towards war” like a “sleepwalker on a roof.”
“If you supply weapons, if you provide the satellite information for military action, if you train the soldiers of one of the belligerents, if you finance the entire state apparatus of one of the belligerents and impose sanctions on the other, then, no matter what you say, you are at war – indirectly for the time being.”
“It did not have to happen this way,” Orbán said: “We could have given a guarantee that we would not admit Ukraine to NATO; but we did the opposite, and confirmed our earlier decision in 2008 that we would admit them.”
When the Ukrainian government was overthrown in 2014 with Western support, “war was avoided and the Minsk agreement was reached,” Orbán said, referring to the Minsk agreements that would have granted autonomy to the Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine.
“A year ago the West decided otherwise,” Orbán said. “When Russia launched an attack, the West did not isolate the conflict, but elevated it to a pan-European level. It could have classified it as a local, regional war or as a military conflict between two Slavic states, as Hungary proposed.”
Orbán warned that “we need to honestly face the fact that the war is getting wilder and more brutal.”
He then predicted that the tone used against his government would get “harsher and more abusive,” with “provocations, insults, threats and blackmail,” while promising “we shall stand our ground.”
Orbán then recalled the pro-peace Presidency of Donald Trump.
“Public opinion will become increasingly pro-peace”
“A lot of water has flowed down the Potomac” since Trump, Orbán said, taking a veiled jab at the Biden regime.
“Fortunately, the White House has retained its sense of humour, and instead of a “good friend,” President Biden has sent us a ‘press man,'” he said, referring to US Ambassador to Hungary David Pressman, who was sworn in August 8, 2022.
Biden had sent “an ambassador to ratchet up the pressure on us and do whatever it takes to press the Hungarians into the camp of war: to press a statement out of us in which we commit ourselves to joining in,” Orbán said. “This is fine, humor can help friendship survive hard times. But we should avoid the possibility that next time they send someone called Puccini!” he said, making a joke on the word “putsch” (coup), referring to US-Open-Society-led color revolutions around the world.
As The Gateway Pundit noted:
USAID head Samantha Power visited Budapest in February to “advance positive change” and “support democracy,” meeting with Soros NGOs, including the Helsinki Committee, Transparency International, and K-Monitor. The Hungarian government recently revealed how the US government spent $7.5 million to try and influence the Hungarian elections, which Orbán nevertheless won fair and square.
“We see that in 2024 America will have another election, and our Republican friends are flexing their muscles in preparation for their return,” Orbán said. “I also expect that democracy will show its strength in Europe, that public opinion will become increasingly pro-peace, demanding a ceasefire, peace talks, more sanity and – if necessary – new governments.”
“Peace will come when the Americans and the Russians negotiate”
“We have no illusions, we are not naive, and neither are we the flower children of ’68 or dreaming pacifists”, Orbán said.
“We know that the negotiations will not be between the Ukrainians and the Russians: peace will come when the Americans and the Russians negotiate with each other. That will inevitably happen, but the later it happens, the higher the price we will all pay,” he said.
“War enthusiasts believe that time is on the side of the Ukrainians and the West, so the fight must go on: it will change the balance of power, there will be victory over Russia, and victory will bring peace,” he added.
“The Hungarian government, however, believes that continued fighting will not bring victory and will not bring peace, but the deaths of hundreds of thousands more people, a widening conflict, countries engaged in open warfare, years of war, destruction, suffering and the threat of world war. So let us Hungarians stand by peace, but let the Defence Minister keep his powder dry. That is all I have to say about the war.”