Russian President Vladimir Putin touched down at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport shortly before 3:20 pm

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on his arrival at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport.
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Police officers detain a Femen activist near the parliament dressed in a costume with a slogan "Putin go home" written on it . It seems foreign funded agent provocateurs doing their best to disrupt the Russian president's official visit to Hungary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lays wreath at Heroes Monument in Heroes Square, Budapest.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin lays wreath at Kerepesi Cemetery Soviet military memorial site.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in parliament.

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Parliament.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a nearly two hour private discussion in parliament reported PM Orbán's Press Secretary Bertalan Havasi.

After the meeting the Hungarian and the Russian delegation attend a working dinner and about 8 oclock the two leaders will hold a press-conference said Havasi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold a press conference in Parliament

An agreement has been reached on the price of Russian natural gas sold to Hungary reported the two leaders.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that whatever solution will be find to replace the South Stream gas pipeline the two sides will look for cooperation and collaboration in the new project.

Hungary's interest is to build a gas pipeline that will bring Russian natural gas from Turkey through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia; the pipeline then could be linked to western European systems said PM Orbán.

The prime minister remarked that he has received promise of assistance to the construction of the new pipeline from the Russian president.

The Russian president stressed that all issues the Hungarian side raised have been solved.

Gazprom is ready to reschedule the unused gas for the next period, and Hungary won't have to pay for it said Putin.

Vladimir Putin also stated that Gazprom has no objection to increase the amount of gas stored in Hungarian storage reservoirs.

The Russian president said: they haven't given up the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, but they were not allow to construct it. Russia was forced to cancel the project, because she was not given the opportunity to complete it.

Putin suggested that the Russian-Hungarian joint venture that was formed to build the South Stream pipeline could be reoriented to construct the extension of the Turkish stream to Europe.

Russia is ready to examine all opportunities to get Russian gas to Europe via Turkey, and if logistically possible, even through Bulgaria. Russia does not want anyone to be cut off from Russian gas, it all depends on which route is more economical stressed Putin adding that Russia won't give up cooperation with Turkey.

Vladimir Putin also remarked that his country is ready to continue to expand bilateral relations with Hungary on the base of equality and mutually benefit and will continue to supply Hungary with Russian oil and gas.

In this context he noted that Mol, the Hungarian oil company, currently doing oil explorations in Western Siberia; the company plans to increase its oil production, and Russia assisting the Hungarian company to fulfill those aspirations.

(MTI -


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