Hungary’s President Katalin Novak at her inauguration ceremony on Saturday condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and explained her first trip would get her to Poland, in an apparent gesture to mend relations with Warsaw.
Hungary’s rejection of sending weapons shipments to neighbouring Ukraine and its opposition to a prepared European Union embargo on Russian oil imports has weighed on relations involving Budapest and Warsaw, whose two nationalist governments have been long-time allies in the EU.
Ms Novak, a previous Fidesz party lawmaker and ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was elected to the mainly ceremonial post of president in March, soon just before Orban received one more landslide victory in elections on April 3.
Hungary’s initially lady president, Ms Novak has served as deputy chair of Fidesz and was household affairs minister in Mr Orban’s former authorities.
“On Tuesday, 17 Could, I am travelling to Warsaw to fulfill the President of the Polish individuals. Mr. President, expensive Andrzej (Duda), I thank you for the opportunity to communicate as befits friends!,” Ms Novak claimed in her inauguration speech.
“We condemn Putin’s aggression, the armed invasion of a sovereign state. We say eternally no to just about every energy aiming at the restoration of the Soviet Union,” she included.