Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Calls for Peace at Latin American Summit

On July 18, 2023, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán went on Facebook to declare that Hungary and Latin America both hold pro-peace stances with respect to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Both regions want to end the war as soon as possible.

“Most of the world is tired of war. Today, we argued for an immediate ceasefire and peace, and this time the leaders of Latin America joined us!” Orbán posted on Facebook after participating in the meeting of the leaders of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) summit in Brussels. 

Although Orbán’s rational stance on the Russo-Ukrainian conflict is not the norm in Europe, he has found allies across the globe such as China, India, and Latin America nations. Countries like Cuba and Venezuela, who are staunch allies of China and Russia, could generally be counted on to immediately support Russia’s geopolitical endeavors. 

However, there are other nations outside of this anti-America axis such as Brazil and Mexico that have refused to support sanctions against Russia. They argued that such a move would go against their economic interests. 

For example, in 2023, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was critical of the European Parliament’s nomination of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Regardless of whether we support one or the other (nominee), how come one of the participants in a military conflict may receive the Nobel Peace Prize?” declared AMLO. “Are there no others who are fighting for peace? Why not Pope Francis, the head of the UN?”

Earlier this year, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared: “It’s necessary that the U.S. stops encouraging the war and talks about peace. It’s necessary that the European Union talks about peace so we can convince Putin and Zelensky that peace is in the interests of everybody and war only serves their two countries.”

Orbán is on the money here, like he is on a host of other issues such as immigration, family values, and national sovereignty. The Russo-Ukrainian conflict needs to be brought to an end. The way to end this conflict is not by continuing the provision of military aid to Ukraine or sanctioning Russia, it’s by reaching a peace settlement, which rational nations such as Hungary will sponsor. 

Hopefully, other Western leaders look at Orban’s example and do everything in their power to end the proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

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