Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban believes that the probability of the war in Ukraine turning into a global conflict is increasing.
He said this on Friday morning on Kossuth radio.
"A year ago, we all hoped that this armed conflict would not turn into a real war, but the war is much crueler and crueler than when it started," Orbán said in response to reports of the first Leopard tanks being sent to Ukraine.
Orbán noted that Hungary and the Vatican are the only states in Europe that advocate peace.
"International public opinion is sharply divided. There is the West, and there are others: Turks, Arabs, Chinese, Africans, they call for a ceasefire and peace talks," he added.
Orbán said that Western leaders are in war fever.
"The Germans started with helmets, now they are on tanks, and now they are already talking about sending fighter jets," he said.
Orban also did not rule out that Western countries could send their troops to Ukraine and warned that the risk of a world war has become very close.
"We have never been so close to a local war turning into a global one," he said.
At the same time, Orbán emphasized that Hungary needs to develop a strong army.
The day before, Orban suggested that the country may have to reconsider its relations with Russia in the future due to the change in geopolitical realities after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
And recently, Orban stated that Hungary does not plan to break economic relations with Russia and "advises the entire Western world to do the same."