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Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán blames financier Soros for Ukraine crisis

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says certain financial circles have an interest in prolonging the war in Ukraine. Billionaire George Soros is one of the beneficiaries of the Ukraine conflict, he emphasizes.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has counted billionaire and financier George Soros among the “warmongers” in Ukraine. The Budapest-born oligarch represents certain business circles interested in prolonging the conflict in Ukraine, the country’s prime minister said in an interview with Kossuth radio on June 10.

He said among other things:

“It is now quite obvious that there are business circles interested in this war. George Soros embodies them. He speaks openly about the need to prolong the war. These are warmongers who want to make money from it.”

Such “warmongers” should be held accountable, the prime minister added.

At the same time, he believed, only peace could curb inflation and protect the economy from further shocks. “We have to finance peace, not war,” Orbán also stressed.

According to the Prime Minister, Hungary is now practically the only country that wants peace in the Ukraine conflict and, unlike most other European countries, has refused to supply arms to the war zone.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, Hungarian-born oligarch George Soros said Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine “could be the start of World War III, and our civilization might not survive it.” He also claimed that “the best and perhaps only way to preserve our civilization is to defeat Putin as soon as possible.”

Orbán has long been one of Soros’ harshest critics. In 2020, the Hungarian prime minister had called the billionaire “the most corrupt man in the world” who allegedly had “a long list of politicians, journalists, judges, bureaucrats and political agitators posing as members of civil society organizations” on his payroll .

In 2017, Orbán and Soros had exchanged hostile remarks. Orbán had accused Soros of wanting to destroy Hungary. At the time, he accused him of interfering in the parliamentary elections and stressed that “Hungary’s existence was at stake.” In return, Soros had claimed that Orbán’s government was “oppressing people more than they did during the Soviet occupation.”


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