Orban: Hungary to veto potential EU sanctions on Russian nuclear power

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Orban: Hungary to veto potential EU sanctions on Russian nuclear power

“We will not allow nuclear energy to be included in the sanctions,” the Hungarian prime minister said. “That’s out of the question.”

Hungary will veto any nuclear-related sanctions against Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio today.

Ukraine has asked the EU to include Russia’s state nuclear power company Rosatom in the sanctions, but Hungary, which has a Russian-built nuclear power plant that it plans to expand with Rosatom, has blocked the move.

Orban reiterated in the interview that “obviously there should be a veto” on any sanctions on nuclear power.

“We will not allow nuclear energy to be included in the sanctions,” the Hungarian prime minister said. “That’s out of the question.”

EU member Hungary has repeatedly criticized European sanctions against Russia over its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, saying they have failed to significantly weaken Russia and risk crippling the European economy.

The West has not imposed sanctions on Rosatom after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant has four small Russian-built VVER 440 reactors with a total generating capacity of about 2,000 megawatts, which were commissioned between 1982 and 1987.

The plant in question produces about half of the energy consumed in Hungary and gets its nuclear fuel from Russia.

Under an agreement signed in 2014 with Russia, Hungary aims to expand the Paks station with two Russian-made VV reactors

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