Putin finds warm welcome in Hungary, despite European chill

February 17, 2015 9:31 PM

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed a deal to keep supplying gas to Hungary on Tuesday on a visit to Budapest that cemented Hungary's close ties with the Kremlin as the rest of Europe gives Russia the cold shoulder over its intervention in Ukraine.

The fact Putin was in Hungary at all underlined the relationship -- he has not been on a bilateral visit to a European Union state since June last year, just before a Malaysian airliner was shot down over a part of Ukraine held by Moscow-backed rebels.

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