Slovakia’s Prime Minister Eduard Heger has given Viktor Orbán a brand new scarf after his Hungarian counterpart precipitated controversy
Heger offered the garment to Orbán at a summit for the Visegrad (V4) group leaders in Slovakia on Thursday.
The Hungarian Prime Minister was criticised by his European neighbours for publicising “Better Hungary” at a latest soccer match.
A map on his scarf featured the borders of Hungary’s former kingdom — misplaced within the Treaty of Trianon in 1920 — which incorporates modern-day Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
The Romanian international ministry accused Orbán of “revisionism” whereas Kyiv demanded an “official apology” from Budapest.
Slovakia’s international minister, Rastislav Kacer, had additionally known as the historic scarf “disgusting.”
“I seen that Viktor Orbán has an previous scarf, so I gave him a brand new one in the present day,” Heger wrote on Fb, including that “winter is approaching”.
Orbán additionally shared a picture of himself carrying the brand new Slovakian scarf alongside Heger however didn’t instantly tackle the matter.
“Lengthy dwell Hungarian-Slovak friendship,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The V4 Summit is about to start out. I count on an awesome assembly with [Polish Prime Minister] Mateusz Morawiecki, Eduard Heger, and [Czech Prime Minister] Petr Fiala.”
Orbán had dismissed criticism concerning the scarf, arguing that the “Hungarian nationwide soccer crew is the crew of all Hungarians, wherever they dwell”.
The lack of two-thirds of its territory after World Warfare I is taken into account to be a nationwide tragedy by a big a part of Hungarian society.
The 4 European international locations are anticipated to debate international coverage and sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
The assembly in Kosice would be the first in months after Czech delegates boycotted earlier V4 gatherings over Hungary’s persevering with shut ties with Moscow.
Hungary is the one NATO member — aside from Turkey — which has nonetheless not ratified the accession of Finland and Sweden into the navy alliance.