Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that Hungary will definitely not support any sanctions that concern nuclear technology and jeopardize the country’s energy security.
Hungary will not accept EU sanction packages that endanger the country’s interests, such as its energy security, Péter Szijjártó, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Kossuth Radio on Sunday.
He pointed out that when the first sanctions package against Russia was being prepared, there was talk in Brussels that it could have two results: on the one hand, it would bring the Russian economy to its knees, and on the other, it would quickly bring the war to an end. “However, the war has been going on for eight months and is more brutal than ever, and the European economy is struggling, with sanctions inflation making people’s money worth less and less,” Szijjártó noted.
The EU’s next sanctions package will reportedly concern nuclear technology, Szijjártó warned, adding that this is another red line for Hungary.
Szijjártó said the Paks nuclear power plant provides a third of Hungary’s energy production. The fuel elements for the current four nuclear power plant units in Hungary have to be supplied by Russian manufacturers, most of which operate in the region. Hungary is satisfied with the Russian suppliers, he said. “Nuclear fuel elements are a long-term guarantee for Hungary’s energy security”, Szijjártó explained.
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