Ukraine’s Budapest ambassador wants to know what Orbán told Pope

In an interview with Italian daily Corriere Della Sera published on Tuesday (3 May), Pope Francis said the Hungarian prime minister had told him during an audience that “the Russians have a plan, and that everything will end on 9 May”, which seems to suggest Orbán might have some insight into Russia’s planning. [EPA/ TIZIANA FABI]

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Hungary, Lyubov Nepop, has requested an audience with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó following reports Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the Pope the Russians have “a plan” to end the war by Monday.

After the parliamentary elections of 3 April, the newly re-elected Orbán broke tradition and instead of making his first visit abroad to Poland, as he has done after every victory since 2010, he visited the leader of the Catholic Church, as well as Italy’s far-right Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

In an interview with Italian daily Corriere Della Sera published on Tuesday (3 May), Pope Francis said the Hungarian prime minister had told him during an audience that “the Russians have a plan, and that everything will end on 9 May”, which seems to suggest Orbán might have some insight into Russia’s planning.

“We know that many times our partners have more information than we do, and it would be very important that we get it because it can be important to end the war to know about similar plans,” Nepop told Azonnali, Telex reported.

The ambassador said she bases her knowledge on official sources.

Referring to press reports that Hungary offered to receive wounded Ukrainian soldiers, she said Ukrainian counterparts were officially informed that Budapest could treat only 46 soldiers.

Nepop requested a meeting with the foreign minister on Tuesday morning (3 May) but has not yet received a reply. “We cooperate with the foreign ministry, sometimes we get meetings, sometimes not,” she added.

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