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Ahead of election, Hungary’s Viktor Orban faces uncomfortable Putin reckoning

By France24
16 March 2022   |   6:11 am
The papers react to US allegations that China is willing to offer military aid to Russia in the war against Ukraine. Also, we look at how another of Vladimir Putin's allies, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is distancing himself from Russia ahead of legislative elections next month. Finally, Emmanuel Macron gets a roasting in the British papers over attempts to (sartorially) emulate Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky!

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