Hungary PM Viktor Orban continues to defy the EU with Russia trip


Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban rejects the idea that he has anything to learn from western European leaders about dealing with Russia.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban rejects the idea that he has anything to learn from western European leaders about dealing with Russia.PHOTO: AFP

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban flies to Moscow on Tuesday (Sept 18) for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about trade links.

But Mr Orban's Russia visit is also interpreted as an act of defiance in the European Union. Hungary is currently locked in a major confrontation with the EU, a tussle which largely pits the western part of the continent against its eastern, former communist half, and which has the potential to damage European cohesion just as much as Britain's impending departure from the Union.

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