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Hungary Stands Firm on Russian Nuclear Energy Cooperation Amid Sanctions Pressure, FM Tells Sputnik

© AFP 2023 / ATTILA KISBENEDEKA general view of the reactor block No.2 in the nuclear power station of Paks at about 120kms south from Hungarian capital Budapest (File)
A general view of the reactor block No.2 in the nuclear power station of Paks at about 120kms south from Hungarian capital Budapest (File) - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.06.2024
The Paks Nuclear Power Plant is key to Hungary's energy sector, providing around half of the country's population with clean electricity.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has highlighted Hungary's long-standing collaboration with Russia in nuclear energy, expressing satisfaction with this partnership.

"Nuclear energy has not been under sanctions. And we will never agree with any sanction measures to be applied against nuclear. Hungary has been working together with the Russian Federation on nuclear for decades," Szijjarto told Sputnik on the sidelines of the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

He underscored the vital role of nuclear power in Hungary's energy security, with half of the country's electricity production derived from nuclear sources.
"Without nuclear power, we would not be able to supply our country safely with electricity. Half of our electricity production comes from nuclear. And our nuclear power plant is being fueled by Russian nuclear fuel," he said.
He emphasized the importance of further enhancing nuclear cooperation with Russia, citing it as a national interest.
"It is not only that we do not support sanctions on nuclear, but we are interested in further improving our nuclear cooperation with Russia simply because it is our national interest. So we are now in a construction phase regarding our new nuclear power station, where the main contractor is [Russian state nuclear corporation] Rosatom," the minister highlighted.

In late 2014, Russia and Hungary signed an agreement on the construction of two additional advanced reactors at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Rosatom said that construction was set to begin from late 2024 to early 2025.

Szijjarto described the new plant as crucial "life insurance" for Hungary's future energy needs and its readiness for the evolving demands of the modern economy.
Nuclear power plant - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.03.2024
Hungary Interested in Continuing Nuclear Energy Cooperation With Russia
Russia and Hungary have long been cooperating in the nuclear energy sector. Hungary's only nuclear power plant, the four-reactor Paks NPP, was built on a Soviet design and uses Russian-made reactors, with Russia supplying nuclear fuel for the plant. Budapest plans to expand the plant by adding two more reactors with Rosatom's help under a project titled "Paks-2."
Western countries stepped up sanctions pressure on Moscow after the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. The European Union, in particular, has since imposed 13 packages of sanctions against Russia. None of them, however, included sanctions against Rosatom.
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