Hungary seeks to shift energy mix to nuclear, solar

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Hungary wants to shift its energy mix toward nuclear and solar power over the next 10 years, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview on commercial broadcaster Hír TV on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Orbán said the plan is to transform the structure of the country's energy production so the "lion's share" is nuclear, while solar accounts for the other big part.

Nuclear and solar together would meet "over 90%" of Hungary's energy needs, he added.

He acknowledged that "there will always be some energy that comes from Russia" and said the goal is not to cut off that source entirely, rather "not to be dependent [on Russian energy]...not to be vulnerable".

Orbán reiterated that Hungary is taking a stand against the position of some in Europe who want to extend sanctions against Russia to oil and gas. If that energy is cut off, he said Hungary's economy would "grind to a halt".

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