BRUSSELS — In one other impassioned speech to European Union leaders, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine known as on Hungary to clarify whether or not it supported Russia or Ukraine within the rising battle over its neighbor.
The chief, who was patched in by way of video hyperlink from his embattled capital, spoke to the 27 European leaders on Thursday. The speech, a replica of which was launched Friday, got here quickly after President Biden left that assembly and was one more try by Mr. Zelensky to keep up momentum amongst his allies.
“Lithuania stands for us. Latvia stands for us. Estonia stands for us. Poland stands for us. France — Emmanuel, I actually imagine that you’ll stand for us,” he stated, referring to President Emmanuel Macron of France.
“Germany … slightly later,” he added.
However he stopped at Hungary, whose chief, Viktor Orban, faces an election subsequent month and has been caught between his obvious assist for Western allies’ positions on sanctions and his shut hyperlinks to Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin.
“Hungary … I need to cease right here and be sincere. As soon as and for all. You must resolve for your self who you’re with,” Mr. Zelensky stated.
Then, he grew to become private. “Pay attention, Viktor, have you learnt what’s happening in Mariupol?” he stated, addressing Mr. Orban immediately and referencing the embattled jap Ukrainian metropolis the place brutal Russian assaults have killed a whole lot and a blockade has pressured residents to flee or cover, typically with out meals or water.
Hungary has resisted some sanctions, particularly in opposition to Russian power, however it has not been alone. Germany and different nations are resisting such a transfer on the grounds that it will harm European economies disproportionately.
In a video posted to social media on Friday morning, Mr. Orban rejected supporting sanctions on Russian power.
Given Hungary’s dependence on Russian power, the prime minister stated, “sanctions would imply Hungary’s financial system would rapidly decelerate and cease.”
“That is unacceptable. It’s opposite to the pursuits of Hungarians,” Mr. Orban stated.
Benjamin Novak contributed reporting.