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EU official questions Hungary-Russia energy deal

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European Union’s top energy official Maros Sefcovic said that Hungary should include the European Commission in negotiations regarding Hungary’s long-term gas contract with Russia, as the European Union is working on the integration of the members’ energy market, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal said that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin could have made agreements that violate the competition rules and energy market regulations of the European Union.

Sefcovic said that in an ideal case, the European Commission should also be involved in the negotiations and maximum transparency should be provided regarding issues on the agenda. The energy official promised that the EU would do everything to ensure that the energy deal between Hungary and Russia conforms with EU rules and regulations.

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