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Commentators on Hungarian-Russian relations

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Analysing the frequent meetings between President Putin of Russia and PM Orbán of Hungary, two researchers independently suggest that both parties seek to promote their national interests rather than sharing joint values.
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Calls for EU-Russia rapprochement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pro-government analysts, commenting on President Putin’s visit to Germany and Austria, call on the EU and European governments to cooperate with Russia rather than following US interests in isolating her. READ MORE

Orbán’s intense diplomatic season

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s meeting with President Putin of Russia and his forthcoming visit to Israel, a pro-government analyst asserts that the Hungarian Prime Minister has become an important player in international affairs. READ MORE

Momentum’s anti-Putin protest

Friday, September 1st, 2017

A centrist commentator thinks that increasingly hysterical anti-Russian rhetoric by left-wing and liberal parties will further alienate moderate voters. READ MORE

President Putin in Budapest

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Commenting on the Russian President’s short visit to Hungary, a left-wing columnist fears that the government wants to make Hungary part of the illiberal East. A conservative and a centrist pundit dismiss such fears, but also caution against too strong ties with Russia. READ MORE

Gyurcsány’s ’ultimatum’ to the PM

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Reacting to a statement by former  Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, that his 72 hour ultimatum has expired, and he now considers PM Orbán as having been blackmailed by Russia, his claim is dismissed by two of Mr Orbán’s conservative critics. READ MORE

Putin’s visit assessed

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Commentators conclude that the Hungary-Russia summit produced no surprises, but served to re-emphasize earlier standpoints. They disagree however on what role Hungary should play in relations between the West and Russia. READ MORE

Waiting for Putin

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

While left-wing parties cautiously avoid commenting over the past few days on the upcoming one day visit of the Russian President, left-liberal commentators express disagreement with the government’s friendly attitude towards the Russian leader. READ MORE

Viktor Orbán’s visit to Moscow

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Commenting on PM Orbán’s meeting with Russian President Putin, left-wing analysts suspect that Putin wants to use Hungarian support to lift EU sanctions. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, think that PM Orbán pursued pragmatic Hungarian interests in Moscow. READ MORE

Hungarian perspectives on US-Russian Syria talks

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Commentators both on Left and Right think that US-Russian cooperation would be essential to the resolution of the Syrian crisis and that without restoring order, the flow of migrants to Europe will not stop. READ MORE