Yahoo News | 15Jul2018 | AFP
Hungary's Orban denounces EU sanctions on Moscow[W.Z.: I find this article very disturbing with serious implications for Ukraine. In his book titled "Post-Communist Mafia State",
Balint Magyar describes how Viktor Orban of the Fidesz party has
transformed Hungary from a functioning democracy into a Mafia State
with increasing similarities and ties to the mafia states of the
Russian Federation, Turkey, Azerbaijan and other ex-Soviet republics.
The concept of the mafia state as an organized upperworld is very
appealing to politicians in power in Europe, the United States and
other countries throughout the world. In fact, in my opinion, Donald
Trump is in the process of transforming the United States into such a
Moscow (AFP) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday [15Jul2018]
denounced European Union sanctions imposed on Russia, during a visit to
President Vladimir Putin in Moscow ahead of the Moscow World Cup final.
Hungary has unusually warm ties with Russia for an EU member state, and
Orban and Putin visit each other regularly.
"Because of these measures (sanctions imposed over Russian activity in
Ukraine) we are losing opportunities," the Hungarian leader said in
comments reported by Russian news agencies.
"If there were no sanctions, we would be able to cooperate more and
make greater advances," he said.
Putin said relations between the two countries were developing in a
Orban is set to attend the World Cup final between France and Croatia
later in the day.
Orban has repeatedly clashed with Brussels over the rule of law and
immigration, though Hungary was one of 18 EU members to expel Russian
diplomats over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain this
The Hungarian leader has said that rather than liberal democracy he
favours building an "illiberal state" and praised Russia as a model.