Ukraine

Orbán accused of blackmailing EU over €50 billion Ukraine aid

EU leaders including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will look to proceed without Hungary’s authoritarian leader who has blocked aid package to Kyiv

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar landed in Brussels on Wednesday ahead of key EU summit. Picture: Getty

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels will push Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán to drop his veto on much-needed financial aid for Ukraine, with some accusing him of “blackmail” against the bloc.

Failure would deal Kyiv a severe blow and fuel doubts about the commitment of its allies, particularly with US assistance stalled in Congress.

“Viktor definitely wants to be the centre of attention every time we’re here, but it shouldn’t be like this,” Estonian ...