Putin visits EU friend, Hungary's Orban, amid Ukraine tension

February 17, 2015 12:45 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was due in Budapest today, showing the world he still has a friend in Europe in Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban despite East-West tension over Ukraine.

Though Putin can count on some support in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece and Italy, Orban is unquestionably his closest ally despite gaining prominence as a strong anti-Russian and anti-communist leader in the last days of communism in the 80s.

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