U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Hungary on the primary leg of a five-nation European tour throughout which he will increase considerations about China and Russia’s rising influence in Central Europe.
Pompeo was meeting in Budapest on Monday with Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other senior officials to stress the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of regulation. The U.S. sees these as key to countering Russian and Chinese efforts to tug Hungary and different nations within the area away from the West and sow division in the European Union and NATO, officials stated.
Pompeo will specifically level to Central Europe’s reliance on Russian power and the presence of the Chinese language excessive-tech telecom agency Huawei, notably in Hungary, in accordance with the officials, who were not approved to publicly talk about Pompeo’s travel and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
U.S. officials are deeply troubled by Huawei’s enlargement in Europe, especially in NATO member states where they consider it poses vital info safety threats.
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Pompeo will take the identical message to his next cease, Slovakia, on Tuesday, earlier than heading to Poland, the place he’ll take part in a conference on the way forward for the Center East expected to concentrate on Iran. He’ll wrap up the tour with temporary stops in Belgium and Iceland.
Ahead of his visits to Budapest and Bratislava, U.S. officers stated Pompeo…