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Hungary continues to block EU financial aids of 18 billion euros for Ukraine. The Hungarian Finance Minister Mihaly Varga voted on Tuesday at the meeting with his EU colleagues in Brussels against the release of the funds that requires unanimity. With this, Hungary also achieved a delay in the dispute over rights deficiencies: the finance ministers bustle their originally planned vote on the cut of billions of bills for Budapest.

Ungarn blockiert weiter EU-Finanzhilfen von 18 Milliarden Euro für die Ukraine. Die Mitgliedstaaten vertagten zugleich eine Abstimmung über das Aussetzen von Milliardenhilfen für Ungarn im Rechtsstaats-Streit. © Kenzo Tribouillard Hungary continues to block EU financial aids of 18 billion euros for Ukraine. The Member States also suspected a vote on the suspension of billion dollar aids for Hungary in the right state dispute.

"It is unfortunate that we have not made a decision today about the indispensable financial aid for Ukraine," said Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) after the meeting. "Hungary is responsible for that," he emphasized. The 26 other EU countries would now have to "find an agreement as soon as possible", as they could provide the billions for Kyiv.

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"Our goal remains to start with the payment of the help for Ukraine at the beginning of January," said the Czech finance minister Zbynek Stanjura, whose country will be chaired by the EU until the end of the year. According to his words, the EU countries are now looking for an alternative solution without Hungary.

EU Household Commissioner Johannes Hahn said that Brussels would "do the best possible" to provide Ukraine the 18 billion euros that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Kyiv has already promised for the coming year. With its blockage keeping,

Hungary wants to prevent the other member states from blocking EU aids of more than 13 billion euros for Budapest. The EU Commission had recommended the locking of the funds due to massive problems in combating corruption in Hungary. However,

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has not yet been the required majority for such a sanction among Member States. Especially Eastern European countries fear that they are also prosecuted due to law problems.

The Council of Ministers asked the Commission to give a new statement on Hungary in the next few days, which also includes current legislation. On Wednesday, the Hungarian parliament wanted to launch the first rule of law reforms that Prime Minister Viktor Orban had announced.

"There must be no discount from opportunism here," emphasized Lindner with a view of Hungary. The EU must "know exactly, something has actually changed substantially". His Dutch colleague Sigrid Kaag called for a "hard attitude" to Orban.

criticism, on the other hand, became sound from the European Parliament: The EU should not "be blackmailed" by right-wing populists, said MP and German left-wing party leader Martin Schirdewan. The Hungarian finance minister Varga in turn accused the EU a "dangerous precedent", as his speaker wrote on Twitter.

The EU Commission initiated a procedure under the new rule of law mechanism against Hungary for the first time in April. Last week it recommended that they to keep 7.5 billion euros in EU funding for the country and 5.8 billion euros from the Corona construction fund for Budapest. In the European Parliament it is feared that this recommendation could now be softened.

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War in Ukraine: "explosions" in kyiv after an attack on drones .
© Gian Marco Benedetto / Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via AFP k IEV woke up under the sound of explosions on Wednesday, after what Ukraine described a new Russia drone attack. Volodymyr Zelensky quickly indicated that his armed troops had managed to destroy the entire swarm of drones launched once again against energy infrastructure. The Ukrainian president welcomed the effectiveness of his anti -aircraft forces, saying that all of the 13 Iranian manufacturing drones Shahed had been shot.

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