19:16 GMT26 July 2021
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    BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The retreating coronavirus pandemic may soon be replaced by another crisis in Europe as the current situation in Afghanistan risks reigniting uncontrollable waves of migration, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.

    "With the retreat of the pandemic, the issue of migration has resurfaced in Europe. We will again have well-known mass migration from the south and the east. If you follow the news from Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of people are already leaving it because of the dramatic change in the situation in the country. They freely enter Turkey, and from there to the Balkans and the southern part of Central Europe", Orban said at a joint press briefing with Vucic.

    The migration issue will certainly affect Hungary and the western Balkan states, he stressed.

    Orban urged the European Union to expand by including the western Balkans, Serbia included, adding that it would consolidate Central Europe. Otherwise, without the Balkan states the bloc risks stagnation, he warned. 

    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban
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    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban

    Orban is on an official visit to Serbia with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. Earlier in the day, the diplomat was awarded by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic with the 1st class Order of the Serbian Flag for his contribution to the development of relations between the two nations.

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