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Opposition Attacks Government Over Putin’s Planned Visit To Hungary

Tamás Székely 2015.01.07.

Reacting to a report that the Russian president is planning to visit Hungary this spring, the EGYÜTT (Together) party said the government should consult with the parliamentary parties concerning its possible agenda. Citing several sources, left wing daily Népszava said on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin is planning to visit Budapest in March.

EGYÜTT party has called on PM Viktor Orbán “not to do Putin another favour” but to renounce the agreement the Hungarian government concluded with Moscow last January on upgrading the Paks nuclear power plant and a related 10 billion euro Russian state loan. Noting that several of Hungary’s gas storage facilities would be sold to Russia’s Gazprom under the agreement, the party said that the deal did not serve Hungary’s interests and would further increase Hungary’s energy dependence on Russia.

Green opposition party LMP called on Orbán to tear up the Paks contract. Commenting on the report that Putin may visit Hungary, LMP co-leader Bernadett Szél said that a move to scrap the agreement would be the only positive outcome of a visit by the Russian president. Speaking about Hungary’s long-term gas contract with Russia, Szél said Putin could use the price of gas as a political weapon. She said Orbán should refuse to sign an agreement that fixes prices Hungary pays in the long term.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: Anadolu Ajansi – Kayhan Ozer / ntvmsnbc.com