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Putin is the head of state whom Orbán meets the most frequently with

It is becoming a tradition for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán to meet each other every February. Two years ago Putin came to the Hungarian capital, last February Orbán flew to Moscow and on 2nd February of this year, the Russian president is to visit his Hungarian colleague again.

The Hungarian PM does not meet with any other leaders as frequently as with Putin; only the Bulgarian prime minister, Boris Borisow competes with Putin in this respect - Orbán met with him three times in the past two years. Bilateral meetings with other prime ministers of the EU are much less frequent.
Most likely, they will talk about the extension of the nuclear power plant in Paks, which would be built by Russian companies for 3700 billion HUF from a Russian loan, and about natural gas supplies. Putin will presumably lobby Orbán for the abolition of the EU sanctions against Russia that were introduced for the occupation of the Crimea by Russia. One thing is certain: the capital city will be paralyzed on the 2nd of February. Two years ago, cars were banned from the downtown and the roads to the airport so that Putin's convoy can move without any hindrances. The costs for guarding Putin and his team amounted to 188 million forints, but he also brought along his own guard.
Opposition party Együtt (Together) will organize a protest to heckle Orbán's meeting Putin, reports 444.hu.
"We are organizing another whistling concert for Viktor Orbán on February 2nd," the organizers wrote in a Facebook event.
"This time Vladimir Putin will be there with him, from whom the Hungarian prime minister is diligently learning illiberal governance, the badgering of civil organizations, the limiting of free press, theft and the enhancement of family assets."
The party previously organized a protest by blowing into whistles during an Orbán speech in the Kossuth Lajos square outside the Parliament building on October 23 last year, the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and one of Hungary's most important national holidays.
Confrontations between the protesters and Orbán supporters culminated with some reports of physical assault, and Együtt party co-chair Péter Juhász, who organized the demonstration, was prevented by private security from entering the square. Juhász, along with Együtt president Viktor Szigetvári and Együtt MP Zsuzsanna Szelényi, will speak at the Putin protest at Kossuth Lajos square.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 10:49

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