Ukraine’s EU Membership Bid Faces Obstacle: Hungary Calls for ‘Correction’ of ‘Mistake’

Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán opposes Ukraine’s EU accession, cites significant challenges, and demands a reassessment of accession talks.

Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, has once again voiced opposition to the initiation of EU accession negotiations with Ukraine. According to a report by Ukrainska Pravda at the Fidesz party congress, Orbán considers these talks a mistake, believing Ukraine is not yet ready for EU membership. Orbán’s statements were relayed by Magyar Hirlap, a Hungarian media company.

Orbán Calls for Revising the Promise

Orbán outlined his vision for the European Union, predicting “serious political battles” within the EU, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda. Among these battles, according to Orbán, is the need to “correct the mistaken promise” of starting accession talks with Ukraine. He views Ukraine as “light years away from the European Union.”

Orbán’s criticism of the EU is not limited to the accession talks with Ukraine. He also spoke against various political directions in the EU, including migration policy, gender propaganda, war illusions, and green ideologies. Orbán argues that without a “radical change,” the EU will “simply fall apart.” He emphasizes his desire not to see Europe and Hungary become an “open-air museum.”

Hungary Could Block Negotiations

Furthermore, the Hungarian government has begun “consultations” with its citizens about Ukraine’s EU membership to gauge public support for this issue. This move follows Hungary’s threat to block Ukraine’s EU accession negotiations due to alleged violations of the rights of the Hungarian-speaking minority in Ukraine.

Image:, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orbán, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons (Image size changed)

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