It is a lie that the government would stop cooperating with Russia’s Rosatom on the Paks nuclear power plant expansion project, as the French Framatome’s role in the project will be increased to supply the control system after its German consortium partner Siemens Energy has not yet received an export licence for political reasons, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the EU Energy Council, the minister of foreign affairs and trade said that there is indeed discrimination against nuclear energy, as shown by the fact that the Paks expansion project in Europe was “constantly being hamstrung” and “attempts were being made to sanction nuclear investments, which we regularly fend off.”
Szijjártó pointed out that the German government continues to block Siemens Energy’s involvement and that the company has not yet been allowed to deliver the equipment ordered under the contract.
Fake news is constantly being fed in the international liberal press. Most recently, we read that the Hungarian government would stop cooperating with Rosatom, which is a complete lie,”
he said. “We are committed to the implementation of the agreement signed with Rosatom nine years ago. There is no reason for us to abandon this cooperation,” the minister explained.
Szijjártó stressed that when it comes to increasing the role of French Framatome, it refers to the fact that due to the politically motivated blocking of Siemens Energy’s participation in Berlin, Hungary wants to rely more on the French company for the supply of the control system.
Later on Tuesday, Szijjártó had a telephone conversation with Alexander Novak, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Energy. According to Szijjártó, it was established that both oil and natural gas deliveries are being fulfilled as contracted without any disruptions. Alexander Novak “assured me that despite the international sanctions,
the Russian side will be able to carry out the maintenance work on the TurkStream pipeline, so that Hungary’s natural gas supply will continue to be uninterrupted in the coming period,”
the minister wrote on Facebook.
Featured photo via Facebook/Szijjártó Péter