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Putin visits Hungary, hoping to capitalize on European divisions

BUDAPEST, Hungary — When Russian President Vladimir Putin last paid a visit to Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban was under siege for his autocratic style, Russia was isolated for its seizure of Crimea, and both men were called xenophobes for their hard-line stance on immigration.

There is talk of lifting the economic sanctions placed on Russia for its land grab in Ukraine.

“Putin is not in his hole anymore,” said Balazs Orban, director of research for the Szazadveg Foundation, a think tank that advises Hungary’s ruling right-wing party, Fidesz.

The visit is expected to be fairly low-key, an indication of the uncertainty surrounding …read more

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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