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Kyiv working to organise visit by Hungary's Orban, Ukraine deputy PM says

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian PM Orban

(Reuters) - Ukraine is working to organise a visit by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna said on Thursday, the first visit since Russia's invasion by a figure widely seen as the most sympathetic to Moscow of all leaders of NATO states.

Stefanishyna confirmed the plans in remarks to Reuters, related by her aide.

The Hungarian and Ukrainian foreign ministers are due to meet on Monday, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's chief of staff has said a visit by Orban could be discussed.

Relations between Budapest and Kyiv have been strained by Hungary's opposition to providing aid to Ukraine from the EU budget and scepticism about Ukraine's NATO and EU membership aspirations.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Writing by Yuliia Dysa; Editing by Peter Graff)