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West's military strategy on Russia-Ukraine conflict not working, says Hungarian PM

According to Viktor Orban, in this situation it is necessary to work out a new system of European security

VIENNA, July 29. /TASS/. The West's military strategy with regard to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not working, peace in Ukraine can be achieved only through talks between Russia and the United States, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, speaking on Kossuth radio.

"The West’s military strategy does not work, it has failed," he said, noting that the chances of settling the conflict in Ukraine are slim without negotiations between Russia and the United States.

Orban slammed the idea that the Ukrainian army would be able to defeat Russia with Western weapons as delusion. In his opinion, the EU sanctions, which were supposed to destabilize Russia, did not work either. The entire world is not united against Russia, he said.

According to the Hungarian Prime Minister, in this situation it is necessary to work out a new system of European security. "You don't put out the fire with a flamethrower. America has a key role to play here. This is called a proxy war. The West is half-involved in the war, a new European security system must be agreed upon, and since we [the European Union] do not have a unified army, we must again expect European stability from a Russian-American agreement," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics, he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine. In response to Russia's decision, the West began to gradually impose large-scale sanctions against it. At the same time, Western states began to supply Kiev with weapons and military equipment worth billions of dollars at the current stage.