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Hungary reiterates it cannot back EU budget in its present form

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump meets with Hungary's Prime Minister Orban at the White House in Washington
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump meets with Hungary's Prime Minister Orban at the White House in Washington

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary cannot accept the European Union's budget and post-COVID recovery package in its present form as it amounts to "blackmail", Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff reiterated on Thursday.

"There is zero chance for the EU budget or the rescue package to take effect in its present form," Gergely Gulyas told a briefing, saying Hungary's veto was "in past tense."

(Reporting by Krisztina Than)