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Hungary Blocked Joint EU Statement on Putin’s Arrest Warrant

  • EU chief diplomat issued restrained statement on ICC warrant
  • Hungary’s foreign ministry calls report of a veto a ‘lie’
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Hungary blocked European Union member states from issuing a joint statement about an international arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to people familiar with the matter.

Budapest’s veto meant that the EU’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, instead released a statement in his own name “taking note” of the decision by the International Criminal Court. Bloomberg has seen the draft of what would have been the joint statement. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry called the report of a veto a “lie.”