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EC: Brussels has no further details regarding Putin’s visit to Hungary

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The European Commission (EC) has received no further details regarding Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to Hungary apart from those published in the press, EC spokesperson Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said at press briefing on Friday in Brussels, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

This was in response to a query as to whether Hungary had informed Brussels of what Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Putin agreed upon during the visit. Member states at present have no such reporting obligation, she said,

The Commission will approve and publish a strategic draft about the planned energy union between Hungary and Russia next Wednesday after which genuine discussion can begin. EU leaders will discuss the plan at their summit in March, Itkonen said when a journalist asked her whether Orbán's stance on the energy union would hinder a consensus.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday Orbán said that the EU's plans to revamp its energy policy requires preliminary notification of intergovernmental contracts, which "reflects that it's heading into an energy union that hinders national sovereignty. “We will have a major problem. I am expecting an escalating conflict,” Dow Jones and Reuters quoted Orbán as saying.

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