In Sunday’s elections, Hungary and Serbia reaffirmed the position of their leaders. Viktor Orban and Aleksandar Vucic try to strike a balance between Moscow and Brussels.
Viktor Orban of Hungary and Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia – both with strong ties to Moscow – won their respective countries’ elections this Sunday.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, 58, won his fourth term at the head of the country’s destinies after winning 53.1% of the votes (with 98% of the count completed), compared to 35% for the opposition leader. , Peter Marki-Zay.
Serbia’s incumbent President Aleksandar Vucic won nearly 60% of the electorate, with nearly 90% of votes counted, against opposition candidate Zdravko Pono.
Despite good relations with Vladimir Putin, both leaders won the elections after campaigns in which they said they did not intend to get involved in the Ukraine war. However, they face criticism from the European Union, with Orban at risk of losing European funding and Vucic increasingly far from having Serbia’s accession to the bloc validated.
“We have achieved a victory so great that it can be seen even from the moon, let alone from Brussels”, said in his victory speech the Hungarian prime minister who, despite having condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and having opened the door to refugees, refused to go along with sanctions on Moscow.
The Serbian president followed suit. Vucic has been trying to strike a balance between the European Union and Russia, having condemned military advances in Ukraine in a United Nations resolution, but showing resistance to adhering to the boycott of Putin. “The most important thing for Serbia is to have good relations in the region, continuing its European path but without breaking ties with its traditional allies,” he said.
Source: with agencies