Hungary against EU talks with Ukraine, open to financial aid for Kyiv

Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister

© APA | Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister

# 14 December 2023 14:20 (UTC +04:00)

Hungary could back granting long-term financial aid to Ukraine outside of the European Union budget, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday, while reiterating his opposition to start accession talks with Kyiv, APA reports citing Reuters.

Orban spoke on arriving to a summit of EU leaders, where all other EU countries want to provide Ukraine with 50 billion euros ($54.50 bln) in budget support through 2027, and advance Kyiv's membership bid as the country's war with Russia drags on.

Orban said there was no time pressure to decide on more financial aid to Ukraine because short-term support was already secured. For longer-term backing, he said it needed to be fixed outside of the bloc's joint coffers.

"We have to manage this outside of the budget. And we support it," said Orban.

He also said Ukraine had not met all of the 7 conditions the EU had set to launch accession negotiations.