Russian aggression against Ukraine could escalate into World War, warns Hungary’s Orbán

10 March, 04:10 PM
Viktor Orbán (Photo:REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

Viktor Orbán (Photo:REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

Russian aggression against Ukraine can escalate into a world war, Hungarian news outlet Telex quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as saying on March 10.

“We have never been so close to a local war escalating into a world war,” he said.

Orbán noted that a year ago everyone had hoped that this armed conflict would not escalate into a real war.

“The war is much more brutal and cruel than the way it started,” the PM said.

According to Orbán, Hungary and the Vatican are the only ones who are pro-peace. Outside those two, only the Arabs, the Turkic states, and the Chinese really want peace in the war in Ukraine.

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“International public opinion is sharply divided,” said Orban.

“The West is on one side, and the rest on the other. The Turks, Arabs, Chinese, and Africans — they are calling for peace talks.”

In Orban’s way of seeing things, Western leaders have “war fever.”

“The Germans started with sending helmets, now they’re on to tanks, and the new topic now is whether they should send fighter jets,” he stressed.

He added that it is possible that soldiers allied with Ukraine end up joining the fight alongside Ukrainian warriors at the front.

However, as Ukraine is not a NATO country, unlike Hungary, Russian aggression against it cannot trigger NATO Article 5, prompting armed intervention from other NATO members. Ukraine has also not requested or invited foreign military presence onto its soil.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Voldoymyr Zelenskyy laid out a peace plan to end Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This plan begins with the complete withdrawal of all Russian forces from Ukrainian territory.

Russia has so far been unwilling to commit to peaceful acts that may lead to an end for this conflict. U.S. officials have likewise noted that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is uninterested in peace.

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