Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Denied Exit for Allegedly Meeting Hungarian PM Viktor Orban
It’s no secret that Hungary is Russia’s ally and meeting with one of its officials by a former Ukrainian president would be a big question.
Cancelled Permission of Former Ukrainian President Meeting with Hungarian PM
On Saturday, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) disrupted former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s planned meetup with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He was kept off at a border post on Friday.
According to the SBU, Poroshenko planned to meet Orban who denounced opening talks about Ukraine’s membership with the European Union. The agency said that the Kremlin was preparing a sequence of “provocations” to derogate Ukraine among its foreign allies as the conflict against Russia went past 21 months.
“Russia planned to use this meeting (like other ‘working meetings with …representative of countries voicing pro-Russian narratives) in psychological operations against Ukraine,” said SBU on Poroshenko’s possible meeting with Orban.
The government agency added that Orban constantly holds an anti-Ukrainian position and is Putin’s friend. Likewise, the Hungarian PM coveted the removal of sanctions wrought on Moscow due to its Ukraine invasion.
Orban has been vocal about his friendly ties with Putin while contradicting the conception of EU membership talks with Ukraine for its consideration in the bloc’s upcoming summit. At the same time, he called this week for the creation rather than a “strategic partnership” with Kyiv.
Under Martial Law, Ukrainian officials need to secure approval for travelling abroad. Oleksandr Korniyenko, Parliament’s deputy speaker, said that Poroshenko’s permission had been cancelled following a letter he received.
The former Ukrainian president accused the current administration of the cancellation of his permission on Friday. He said current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was playing politics before the elections.
Both have their indifference which started when Zelenskyy had a landslide victory over Poroshenko in the 2019 presidential elections. The disagreement comes from the gradual burgeoning tensions between the government and the opposition.
On December 1, Poroshenko revealed the order he received from Verkhovna Rada’s chairman refraining him from leaving the country. It clearly stated that his international business trip would be from December 1 to 8.
His planned meetings would be with the representatives of the Polish parliament and the US Congress. According to the political party, European Solidarity, Poroshenko’s itinerary only includes the US and Poland.
“The SBU spread a false message that the cancellation of the travel order signed by the head of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and the travel ban on Poroshenko on December 1 was related to the meeting with Orban,” said European Solidarity.
European Solidarity is Poroshenko’s political party. He and Zelenskyy fought for the presidential elections in 2019, which was won by the latter.
Last month, Zelenskyy said that it wasn’t the right time to hold a presidential election on March 2024. Besides, it was prohibited under Martial Law.