Hungary/Ukraine – After his visit to London, where he met with King Charles III and addressed British MPs at Westminster, and then Paris, where he was received by French President Emmanuel Macron in the presence of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued his European tour by going to Brussels, where he addressed MEPs and then attended an extraordinary European Council.
It was also an opportunity for Zelensky to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who, like Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, did not applaud him on his arrival for the traditional “family photo”, as many commentators have pointed out.
Look, who's not clapping for Zelensky.
Spoiler: It's Orban. Of course.pic.twitter.com/bUKqyjwmYH
— Daniel Freund (@daniel_freund) February 9, 2023
Commenting on his meeting with the Ukrainian president, Orbán wrote on his Facebook account that
“saving lives is only possible with peace and a ceasefire”,
and that “Hungarians remain on the side of peace!”. In doing so, “Hungary continues to provide humanitarian and financial support to Ukraine”.