Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has been pushed back by his European partners by increasing imports of natural gas from Russia, will travel to Moscow this morning for the funeral of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, the government said. of.
“He will pay tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev,” accompanied by a Hungarian delegation, according to the government’s Twitter post.
However, as the Kremlin announced, Orban will not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“According to our information, he will come to say goodbye to Gorbachev. No request for a meeting has been made,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
No other European leaders are expected to attend the funeral. Despite London, Paris and Berlin esteeming Gorbachev for his contribution to ending the Cold War, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has heightened tensions between the West and Moscow.
Orban’s visit to Moscow comes hours after Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Friday that the Nord Stream pipeline, which carries natural gas to Europe and had been shut down for maintenance, would not reopen today as originally planned.
Hungary announced on Wednesday that it is strengthening its trade with Gazprom and receiving additional quantities of natural gas.