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By going to Hungary, “the paper wants to send the message to European countries that it is possible to have another position [sur la guerre en Ukraine] than to send weapons”, analyzes Loup Besmond de Senneville, correspondent of the daily La Croix in Budapest. “He therefore takes the risk of going to see Viktor Orban, who supports a position close to his own”, estimates the journalist, then that the sovereign pontiff will also deal with the question of migrants with Viktor Orban during his three-day visit.
Pope Francis arrived Friday April 28 in Hungary for a three-day visit. On the menu: Christianity, immigration and war in Ukraine. Loup Besmond de Senneville, correspondent for the daily La Croix in Budapest, delivers his analysis of the papal visit on France 24.
“It was important for the pope to go to Hungary for two things, explains the journalist. The pope wants to send the message to other European countries that it is possible to have another position [sur la guerre en Ukraine] than to send arms, [ce à quoi] he is opposite. He takes the risk of going to see Viktor Orban, who supports a position close to his own.”
But, continue Loup Besmond de Senneville, it is “also important for Pope Francis to repeat to Viktor Orban, who calls himself a Christian and who claims his faith, that it is important to welcome migrants and to have an open position on migration”.
Through his statements on Friday, and in particular his criticism of the “warlike infantilism” reigning over international politics, “the pope takes to target all those who, in his eyes, want to maintain the conflict, decrypt the correspondent. He saw the Western bloc and in particular NATO. The pope criticizes the United States and NATO, which he believes is responsible, not for this war, but for the rising tensions on the border and the triggering of the rising tensions which led to the war and the “Russian attack on Ukraine”.
“It is a very different vision from most of the countries rewarded, revealed Loup Besmond de Senneville. It is also a way for the pope to oppose the sending of arms to Ukraine. Even if he recognizes that the defense of Ukraine is legitimate, there is a point of attention on the fact that we must not arm Ukraine too much, so as to harden and prolong this conflict.