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Hungary’s Orbán calls Trump’s comeback as president ‘the only serious chance’ to end the war in Ukraine

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán confirmed Friday he will visit Donald Trump in Florida next week, describing a possible comeback by the former US president as the “only serious chance” for an end to the war in Ukraine.

Speaking at a diplomatic forum in Turkey, Orbán also suggested that Trump’s possible return to the White House could help end the conflict in Gaza.

Orban’s meeting with Trump comes as the former US president looks to focus on his upcoming election rematch with US President Joe Biden. Trump’s political position within his own party appears stronger than ever, as he easily won the first presidential Republican primary.

“The only serious chance for peace is if he is able to come back and make peace,” Orbán told the forum. “Otherwise the war between Ukraine and Russia will last a long time.”

Trump’s return “is a prerequisite for a strong and rapid peace on the European continent,” he continued.

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Orbán said he was convinced that if Trump had been in power when the war in Ukraine began, “there would not have been a war now.”

Commenting on the war in Gaza, the Hungarian prime minister said Trump “understood” the conflict.

“He did something that raised some hope,” Orbán said, referring to the Abraham Accords that aimed to normalize ties between Israel and the Gulf states.

Orbán and Trump have been allies for a long time and Trump regularly praises the right-wing populist in his campaign speeches.

In April 2023, as charges were filed in the first of Trump’s four criminal cases, Orbán posted a message of support for Trump urging him to “keep fighting.”

Trump said in early 2022 that he gave his “full support and approval” to Orbán’s re-election campaign that year.

“I respect him (Trump) very much,” Orbán told the forum in Turkey. “I like misfits and that’s how he is.”

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The two met in August 2022 at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, when Orbán traveled to the United States to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas.

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