Story : Hungary-Russia Sanctions/Analysis
File ID : 394495
Video ID : 10290842
Date : Feb 2, 2017
Published : February 03, 2017
Duration : 1'42
Location(s) : Budapest, Hungary
Type : English/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
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Summary : Putin's Hungary visit tests EU unity
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Budapest, Hungary - Feb 2, 2017
1. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban walking to podiums at press conference
2. Press conference in progress
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lorant Gyori, analyst on Russian issues, Political Capital Institute in Budapest:
"The Crimea secession and the war in east Ukraine have diplomatically isolated Russia. And Hungary proved to be the only NATO and EU member state which still continues to strengthen its political economic relationship on a very high level with the Kremlin."
4. Putin speaking at press conference
5. Reporters
6. Orban speaking at press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lorant Gyori, analyst on Russian issues, Political Capital Institute in Budapest (partially overlaid with shot 8):
"I doubt that the Hungarian government will be strong enough in itself to go forward with the lifting of the sanctions. The issue of Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine is a very divided one. Many European member states do not want to lift the sanctions at all. As a prediction I can say that the Hungarian government will rhetorically still support the lifting of the sanctions. But in the long run, it won't be able to achieve the lifting of them alone."
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8. Various of Putin, Orban speaking at press conference
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9. Various of security personnel, people around Hungarian Parliament building
10. Various of Danube river, vehicles

Storyline

Though a member of the European Union (EU), Hungary has kept frequent high-level exchanges with Russia which is under the EU economic sanctions, said Lorant Gyori, a Hungarian analyst with the Political Capital Institute in Budapest, on Thursday when Russian President Vladimir Putin began his Hungary visit.

The EU extended the Ukraine-issue-based sanctions against Russia for another six months in December to July 31 with a united vote.

However, its member governments have reserved their differences, with Poland and the Baltic nations hailing the renewal whereas countries including Hungary and Slovakia demanding for easing the sanctions and restoring economic exchanges with Russia.

"The Crimea secession and the war in east Ukraine have diplomatically isolated Russia. And Hungary proved to be the only NATO and EU member state which still continues to strengthen its political economic relationship on a very high level with the Kremlin," said Gyori.

At a joint press conference with Putin the same day, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban reiterated his opposition to the sanctions, noting that they have cost Hungary 6.5 billion U.S. dollars in unrealized trade.

Orban emphasized that non-economic issues should not and could not be resolved through economic means, and that any attempt to do so will end in a lose-lose situation.

Despite the rage against the sanctions, Hungary has failed to vote to remove them in EU consensus votes held every six months.

"I doubt that the Hungarian government will be strong enough in itself to go forward with the lifting of the sanctions. The issue of Russia and the war in eastern Ukraine is a very divided one. Many European member states do not want to lift the sanctions at all," he said.

"As a prediction I can say that the Hungarian government will rhetorically still support the lifting of the sanctions. But in the long run, it won't be able to achieve the lifting of them alone," he said.

Gyori added that reliance on Russia in the energy sector, cooperation in combating terrorism and resolving the refugee crisis will cause more divergences among EU members on the sanctions issue.

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