Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a state visit to Hungary. In October, the country will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1956 Revolution. The anti-Communist revolt was brought to an end by Soviet troops.
The Hungarian Prime Minister Laszlo Solyom assured the visiting delegation that his people acknowledge the difference between the Russia of today and the former Soviet regime, a feeling echoed by the Russian Premier: “Today’s modern Russia is not the same as the Soviet Union used to be. I have to say sincerely that we all feel in our souls the moral responsibility for those events. Our task now is to remember the past but look to the future.” The continued supply of Russian gas is one issue up for discussion. The Russian state utility Gazprom supplies fuel for Hungary and its neighbour, the Czech Republic. Hungary wants to reduce its dependence by building a pipeline under the Adriatic Sea. The Russian delegation will continue their tour with a state visit to the Czech Republic today.