Ukraine Crisis: Hungary Not Supporting Any Threat to Paks

Ukraine Crisis

Hungary will not support any measure that would directly or indirectly endanger the upgrade of the Paks nuclear power plant, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on the sidelines of the plenary session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Assembly in Vienna, according to origo.hu.

With Europe heading towards recession and struggling with skyrocketing energy prices and supply chain disruptions, the importance of nuclear energy has increased, Szijjártó said.

He noted Hungary's more than 40 years of "very positive" experience in the use of nuclear energy, calling it "cheap and sustainable."

Szijjártó said that while the first package of EU sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine did not affect nuclear energy, there are now some in the Union who want to place obstacles in front of nuclear investments.

He said the government would take any measure by the EU and its institutions that hindered the Paks upgrade as "an attack on our sovereignty," adding that secure energy supplies were "a matter of sovereignty."

The two new Paks reactors will meet the highest safety standards, he said, adding that the international project led by Rosatom also involves American, French and German companies as subcontractors.

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