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Hungarian, Polish PMs call for cooling off in Ukraine

BUDAPEST, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and visiting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called for a compromise agreement in Ukraine at a meeting in Budapest on Wednesday.

The two held a bilateral meeting and a joint press conference ahead of a Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) summit on the same topic set for Wednesday night.

Tusk said that no one had the right to intervene with Ukraine's domestic affairs, but urged an agreement to be reached in the country where has seen continued standoffs between the government and the opposition.

Orban pointed out that both Hungary and Poland had common borders with Ukraine and warned that continued unrest in Ukraine could disrupt its neighbors.

He praised Tusk for his initiative efforts to cool down tempers and said he hoped the Visegrad Group would come up with concrete recommendations.

On other issues, Orban called for an increase in bilateral trade and investments between Hungary and Poland, and announced the re-opening of a Hungarian Consulate General in Krakow of Poland, which was closed down in 2009.

Utility prices were another subject of mutual concern. Tusk noted that Hungary and Poland were cooperating on energy issues, and underlined the view that energy should never be used as a means of political pressure.

Tusk also called on Europe to find appropriate energy sources, suggesting that shale gas and oil might be an option.

Orban reiterated his position that European utility prices had to come down if Europe wanted to compete with the Russians, Americans, and Chinese, all of whom pay less for energy.

Orban has been forcing gas and power price cuts on the Hungarian domestic market for the past year. He has promised an additional cut prior to April parliamentary elections.

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