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Orbán Discusses Paks Upgrade with Rosatom CEO

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.05.13.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the ongoing upgrade of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power plant with Alexey Likhachev, the CEO of Russia’s Rosatom, in his office, the PM’s press chief said on Sunday.

The talks focused on the progress made on the project so far, and its next steps.

TASS: Rosatom May Build Two Additional Blocks For Hungary's Paks Nuclear Plant

The construction of the plant’s two new blocks will significantly improve Hungary’s energy security and contribute to its energy independence and achieving its climate protection goals, Bertalan Havasi quoted the prime minister as saying.

Orbán said the project was fully in line with Hungary’s national interests.

LMP: Paks Upgrade ‘a Means to Cement Russia’s Influence’

Hungary signed an agreement with Moscow in January 2014 on the construction of two blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant by Russia’s Rosatom. Russia has agreed to lend Hungary 10 billion euros to cover 80 percent of the project’s costs.

In the photo: Alexey Likhachev and Viktor Orbán. Photo by Károly Árvai/PM’s Press Office