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Hungary's Orbán Asserts Ukraine Is Far from EU Membership

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared on Saturday that Ukraine is far from ready to join the European Union, indicating that Hungary might obstruct Ukraine's EU aspirations.
Speaking at the Fidesz party's congress, where he was reelected leader, Orbán emphasized resistance to the upcoming membership discussions with Ukraine, which he labeled as not meeting EU standards.

The unanimous consent of all EU member states is needed to admit a new member, enabling Orbán to potentially veto Ukraine's accession.

Despite the EU commission suggesting starting talks with Ukraine due to its governmental resilience, Orbán has opposed initiating negotiations during wartime.

He also believes that Ukraine's membership could alter EU financial distributions.

Critics suggest Hungary's stance may be a strategic move to negotiate over the EU's suspended funding for Budapest, due to alleged breaches in democratic principles.

Orbán has also threatened to veto a substantial EU aid proposal for Ukraine and has condemned Ukraine for purportedly infringing on the educational rights of its Hungarian minority, conditioning his support on the resolution of these language rights issues.
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