The Hungarian government said on Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “a bad example” after saying the missile that killed two people in a Polish village near the Ukrainian border was Russian.
“In such a situation, world leaders speak responsibly,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, told reporters.
But “the Ukrainian president was wrong to immediately blame the Russians, it was a bad example,” he added, instead welcoming the cautious approach of Poland and the United States.
Warsaw ruled it “highly likely” that a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile had triggered “an unfortunate accident”, a hypothesis endorsed by NATO and the White House.
However, for Volodymyr Zelensky, the missile is “Russian”. “I have no doubt that this missile is not ours,” he insisted on television Wednesday evening.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, eager to maintain close ties with the Kremlin, maintains tense relations with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has condemned the Russian offensive in Ukraine.
“Only Russia is responsible for the war, without the war there would be no missile attacks on Poland,” Kulias said.
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