Hungary obstructs €50bn in EU assistance for Ukraine shortly after membership discussions granted.

Viktor Orbán has vetoed the additional funds to Kyiv, resulting in the postponement of budget talks until the new year, according to Hungary’s prime minister. Orbán’s opposition to Ukraine’s potential EU membership was sidestepped by other leaders who agreed to open negotiations with Kyiv. However, the Hungarian leader refused to approve the €50bn EU aid package for Ukraine, leading to a delay in budget discussions. Orbán’s blockage dealt a blow to Kyiv and its supporters, despite the historic green light given for Ukraine’s EU membership negotiations. The Hungarian prime minister warned that he could still impede Ukraine’s entry into the EU in the future. EU leaders are hopeful that Orbán’s support will be gained in January for the aid package.

Source: Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press

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