Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a darling of the New Right because he is one of the few world leaders willing to stand up for his nation’s traditions and history against globalizing and liberalizing influences, just shared the tough truth about the Ukraine, which is that it would collapse immediately without its foreign backers.
Specifically, Orban argued that Europe will soon have to face reality regarding the Ukraine situation and that soon they’ll have to reexamine and reconsider the sanctions put in place after the Russian invasion.
Continuing, he went on to note that as soon as the West decides it’s done propping up Zelensky’s Ukraine it will fold like a house of cards, saying, “Ukraine is a non-existent country in the financial sense, it cannot finance itself. The question is whether we support Ukraine or not. As soon as we say no, the war will end.”
Emphasizing that point, Orban noted that it is the West that is funding Ukrainian pensions, salaries, education, and healthcare needs, something that “cannot go on forever,” particularly as European countries start feeling the financial bite of those policies.
Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council, said, “Well done, bold and accurate for a European politician. We can only add that as soon as Western funding ends, Ukraine itself will end.”
This isn’t the first time Orban has tossed a dose of reality into the Ukraine situation. He did so as well in mid-February, saying, “When Russia launched its attack, the West didn’t isolate the conflict but elevated it to a pan-European level. The war in Ukraine is not a conflict between the armies of good and evil, but between two Slavic countries that are fighting against one another. This is their war, not ours.”
At that time, he also said that while Hungary is providing humanitarian aid to the Ukraine, that “does not mean doing away with [Hungary’s] relationships with Russia, because that would be contrary to our national interests.” Continuing on that point, he added, “We are maintaining our economic relationship with Russia, and in fact, we recommend that the entire Western world do the same, because without relations, there will not be a ceasefire nor peace talks.”
Predictably, Joe Biden’s America is furious that Orban is a highly-successful, right-wing leader and so is planning a sanctions campaign against his political allies despite Hungary being a NATO ally and EU member. The Guardian, reporting on those sanctions, said:
A bipartisan group in Congress is drafting US sanctions that would target leading Hungarian political figures tied to the Orbán government, as the relationship between the two countries continues to spiral downwards.
The sanctions bill would name former officials and government supporters, mostly affiliated with the Fidesz party of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán.
The legislation has been in preparation since last year and is expected to go before Congress as soon as next month where it is likely to draw broad support, according to officials familiar with the drafting process.
The sanctions bill, first reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, is being drafted at a time of steadily worsening relations between Washington and Budapest.
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