Viktor Orban Calls for Normalization of Relations between EU and Russia During Visit to Moscow

The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, called for the normalization of relations between Russia and the EU during his visit to Moscow.

Budapest is interested in the normalization of relations between Russia and the EU, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, stated on Wednesday, February 17th, at a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

"We all would like the relations between Russia and Europe to normalize. It is in the interests of Russian-Hungarian relations," Interfax quoted Orban as saying.

The Russian President said that from his point of view, Russia is satisfied with the level of relations between the countries. "Despite the known problems and the decline in revenue, we are still happy with the nature and quality of our relations," said Putin.

At the same time it became known that the 1996 contract for the supply of Russian gas to Hungary, which had expired in late 2015, was extended for another four years, until the end of 2019.

As reported earlier, Orban announced that the parties had agreed on the gas supply contract extension and the "exemption from payment of fines for gas not taken in accordance with the take-or-pay rule."

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