Discussions about whether Russia has fulfilled the Minsk agreement on Ukraine is expected to be held by the European Union, and an automatic extension of sanctions against Moscow will not take place, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday.
"At the end of the first half of the year a serious debate can be expected within the EU about the fulfillment of the Minsk agreement," Orban told Hungarian ambassadors.
"In other words, there won't be an automatic extension of sanctions against Russia, and whatever decision we will make, that should be preceded by a calm and objective analysis about the Minsk agreement," he added.
Orban’s government has promoted, what it calls, a “pragmatic” good relationship with Russia and has granted a deal to Russia’s Rosatom to build new nuclear reactors at Hungary’s power plant. Orban visited Moscow earlier this month.