Hungarians rally to remind government of Western allegiance

February 1, 2015 6:51 PM

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Several thousand people demonstrated outside Hungary's parliament on Sunday, telling the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to respect its Western ties a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The West has watched with growing alarm as Orban's center-right Fidesz party has edged closer to Russia at a time of an escalating conflict in Ukraine. Two weeks after Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected in Budapest.

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