The University of Debrecen is to award Russian President Vladimir Putin the title “civis honoris causa”, its website said on Thursday.
University of Debrecen in Eastern Hungary
Vladimir Putin will get the honour in recognition of “the major role the Russian Federation and Hungary assign to the Debrecen University in the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant”, the senate of the university said. The east Hungarian university is to train experts for the project.
Hungary signed an agreement with Russia on the construction of two blocks at the Paks nuclear power plant in 2014. The minister in charge of the investment project, János Süli, said in May that the two new blocks would become operational by 2026.
According to press reports, Vladimir Putin will receive the award in Budapest, when he attends the opening ceremony of Judo World Cup on August 28. The Russian President, who is also known as the honorary president of the International Judo Federation, is expected to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to discuss the Paks upgrade projetct. Vladimir Putin visited Budapest last time in February.
via MTI; photo: Anadolu Ajansi – Kayhan Ozer / ntvmsnbc.com