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US Envoy Calls on Hungary’s Orban to Pivot from Russia ‘Now’

  • Comments came after White House, State Department meetings
  • Orban said Hungary needs to ‘think hard’ about its Russia ties
Viktor Orban
Viktor OrbanPhotographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

The US ambassador to Hungary said Prime Minister Viktor Orban has reached a crossroads and that the “time is now” for him to pivot away from Russia and shore up the country’s relations with its western allies.

The unusually direct remark for a sitting US ambassador about a NATO partner’s international policy adds to mounting pressure on Orban to end his more than decade-long effort to strengthen ties with Russia. On Thursday, Orban said Hungary may need to “think hard” about its cozy relationship with Moscow following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.