Hungary will not support any European Union sanctions against Russia that could cut off nuclear energy supplies. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Szijarto, writes Bloomberg.
"We have never supported and will never support any sanctions that jeopardize our nuclear investments, directly or indirectly," Sijarto said at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.
According to him, Hungary opposes the sanctions against Russia, which will affect the engineering, construction and information technologies needed for the reactor near the city of Paks.
State-controlled Russian nuclear giant Rosatom has signed a contract to build a new reactor in Hungary, which is expected to be operational by 2030.
Szijjarto added that the EU was "already heading for recession" after sanctions disrupted energy supply chains from east to west. According to him, the new reactor, the construction of which is expected to start next year, is needed to "protect our sovereignty".
Earlier, Sijarto stated that European institutions are allegedly hindering cooperation between Budapest and Moscow within the framework of the Paksh nuclear power plant by their actions.