Europe needs “a strong America with a strong leader” if there is to be any hope of ending the conflict in Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas. The current strategy embraced by “globalist leaders” only prolongs the conflict, which can only end through talks between the US and Russia, he added.
Orban addressed CPAC in Dallas on Thursday, telling the crowd that it was strange that a leader of a small European country would be invited to lecture a global superpower. After giving an account of Hungary’s political positions and tactics used to promote them, he eventually touched on the conflict in Ukraine.
“Ukraine is our neighbor. We are in full solidarity with them,” Orban told the CPAC crowd, adding that the Russian intervention has forced close to one million refugees into Hungary so far. That’s almost a tenth of Hungary’s entire population, he noted.
“In my view, the globalist leaders’ strategy escalates and prolongs the war and decreases the chance of peace,” he argued. “Without American-Russian talks, there will never be peace in Ukraine. More and more people will die and suffer, and our economies will come to the brink of collapse.”
“I cannot tell you what to do. It’s your sovereign decision. I can, however, tell you one thing: Only strong leaders are able to make peace,” Orban said at CPAC.