Russia's relations with Hungary warm as ties with West chill

November 19, 2014 7:20 PM

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Russia's relations with Hungary warm as ties with West chill

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin hailed Hungary as one of Russia's most important partners on Wednesday, giving his seal of approval to a budding relationship with a Soviet-era ally that is worrying some of its European Union allies.

While the Ukraine crisis is straining ties between many EU capitals and Moscow, Hungary - which relies heavily on Russia for natural gas supplies - is enjoying a rapprochement with the Kremlin.

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