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Since the beginning of Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, the EU has fiercely condemned Moscow and supported Kyiv with weapons and funds. However, because the EU appears to go oil embargo in opposition to Russia, Hungary has warned a complete ban may very well be an financial “atomic bomb”.

Mr Orban insisted on Friday Hungary wouldn’t help a brand new spherical of proposed EU sanctions in opposition to Russia in the event that they included a ban on Russian oil exports.

He mentioned: “We cannot accept a proposal that ignores this circumstance because in its current form it is equivalent to an atomic bomb dropped on the Hungarian economy.”

The Hungarian chief’s choice was not welcomed by Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt, who was the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2009 to 2019.

Mr Verhodstadt tweeted: “Orbán wants EU taxpayer’s money to agree an EU oil ban against Russia. Just appalling.

“His blackmail makes the EU dysfunctional, a gift for the murderers in the Kremlin. Time for reform, time to end unanimity in EUCO.”

Viktor Orban has been defended over claims he is ‘Putin’s puppet’

Viktor Orban has been defended over claims he’s ‘Putin’s puppet’ (Image: GETTY)

Hungary has refused to back a total Russian oil embargo, drawing criticism

Hungary has refused to again a complete Russian oil embargo, drawing criticism (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to Sky News, former UK ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood additionally blasted Mr Orban as “closet and not-so-closet friend of Putin”.

He informed the broadcaster: “The Hungarians, Viktor Orban, a closet and not-so-closet friend of Putin’s has indicated that he is not yet for the package unless there’s some protection for Hungary which does get a lot of oil from Russia.

“But it does need unanimous consent by the EU’s 27 members.

“But the fact is, we’re not going to end this conflict until Putin is starved of oil and gas revenues, so one way or another, we have to go on ramping up these sanctions.”

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Attila Demko said the claims were ‘grossly unfair’, noting Hungary’s refugee aid

Attila Demko said the claims were ‘grossly unfair’, noting Hungary’s refugee aid (Image: EXPRESS)

Demko noted sanctions on Russian oil will ‘be painful for Hungary’ and other EU states

Demko noted sanctions on Russian oil will ‘be painful for Hungary’ and other EU states (Image: EXPRESS)

In response to outrage over Hungary’s refusal to totally ban Russian oil exports, Attila Demko, Hungarian security policy expert and former diplomat, said claims Mr Orban is aligned with Putin is “grossly unfair”.

He wrote for Spiked: “Hungary’s president, prime minister and parliament have all condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an unprovoked, barbaric attack on a sovereign country.

“They have also condemned the alleged war crimes committed by Russian troops. Does this sound like a nation that is too close to Russia?

“Hungary has clearly rallied to Ukraine’s side. More than 600,000 refugees were welcomed with open hearts into a country with a population of less than 10million.

“According to the UN, more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees have remained in Hungary. To put that into perspective, it would be equivalent to four million refugees entering the UK and 700,000 staying.”

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Demko warned sanctions could ‘free Russia to be even more destructive in Ukraine’

Demko warned sanctions could ‘free Russia to be even more destructive in Ukraine’ (Image: EXPRESS)

Mr Demko noted Hungary is not as “robust on sanctions against Russia as the UK or some other EU member states”, but stressed sanctions taken by the bloc will “be painful for Hungary”.

He noted the country has “already voted for five rounds of EU sanctions”, and said Slovakia and other EU nations will also “undergo” under the bloc’s total ban on oil.

Mr Demko then said “the loss of oil exports to Hungary would mean almost nothing to Russia” and “profoundly damage the Hungarian economy”.

The expert also questioned whether sanctions will “free Russia to be even more destructive in Ukraine”, as oil and energy still pass through Kyiv.

He then said: “Hungary, as a neighbour and as a member of both NATO and the EU, stands by Ukraine.

“But wishing realities away would only serve Moscow’s hardliners. And an economically weakened Central Europe would be far less able to help Ukraine.”

The EU revised its embargo to allow Hungary to use Russian oil until 2024

The EU revised its embargo to allow Hungary to use Russian oil until 2024 (Image: EXPRESS)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a conference organized by the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper it is “not easy to establish unity” on the planned oil embargo.

She added: “The countries that are now hesitating are not yet ready. We are sitting together with these countries to work out pragmatic things, such as getting alternative oil to these countries.”

EU sources informed Reuters that the EU fee had tweaked its oil embargo proposal with a view to deal with the considerations introduced ahead by member states.

The altered plan would reportedly permit Hungary and Slovakia to maintain importing Russian oil till the tip of 2024.

The authentic proposal would have halted Russian oil imports into the EU inside six months and refined oil merchandise by the tip of 2022.

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