All students are cordially invited to join this event, which will take place as part of the Current Issues in International Relations (IRS 222) course in a session dedicated to Ukraine and Russian intervention and influence in/over Europe.

Russia’s bilateral connection with Hungary has its own specialties and ironies. The political and economic relations between the EU Member State and Moscow have been getting stronger and more intense since 2010. After six years of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government, the country is much more dependent on Russia than it was in 2010. The new policy approaches towards Russia totally fit into the "illiberal democracy” and "Eastern Opening Program” doctrines. But how do these doctrines work in the practice? What are the benefits for the Hungarian Government and/or the Kremlin?

However, theoretically, the Hungarian government supports the euro-atlantic integration of Ukraine, its eastern neighbor country with a huge population of Hungarians living there. The lecture provides information on the reasons, causes and explanation for the friendly Russia-policy, as well as explains the contradictions of the Ukraine and Russia foreign policy approaches of the Hungarian government.