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Hungary’s Orban Strikes Softer Tone on Sanctions, Ukraine

  • Hungarian cabinet doubles down on Rosatom-backed nuclear deal
  • Premier strikes softer tone on Ukraine, EU sanctions policy
Viktor Orban, on June 30.

Viktor Orban, on June 30.

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban appeared to strike a milder tone regarding Europe’s policy on Ukraine, all the while proceeding with a controversial nuclear project backed by Russia.

Hungary won’t keep standing in the way of European Union sanctions except on vital matters of energy policy, he told public radio in his weekly interview on Friday. While Budapest will still oppose any sanctions on natural gas imports, it can’t constantly “go against the flow of traffic” in the bloc on non-energy issues, as that would be inappropriate in a union built on “cooperation, loyalty and mutual trust,” he said.