Gorbachev: Viktor Orban is the only European leader who went to his funeral

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According to the Kremlin, the Hungarian prime minister is not going to meet with Vladimir Putin.

The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, which does not follow an opposite course from its European partners by increasing them natural gas imports from Russia, will go this morning to Moscow for the funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, the Mikhail Gorbachev, his government announced.

“He will pay tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev”, accompanied by a Hungarian delegation, according to the government’s Twitter post.

However, as the Kremlin announced, Orban will not meet with the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

“According to our information, he will come to say goodbye to Gorbachev. No meeting request has been made.”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

No other European leaders are expected to attend the funeral. Despite London, Paris and Berlin esteeming Gorbachev for his contribution to ending the Cold War, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has heightened tensions between the West and Moscow.

Orban’s visit to Moscow comes hours after Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Friday that the Nord Stream pipeline, which carries natural gas to Europe and had been shut down for maintenance, would not reopen today as originally planned.

Hungary announced on Wednesday that it is strengthening its trade with Gazprom and receiving additional quantities of natural gas.

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