Orban Pledges to Veto EU Sanctions on Russian Nuclear Industry

Orban and Putin during talks in Budapest.

Earlier this week, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said his nation will veto any EU sanctions against the Russian nuclear energy industry. Orban was quoted saying “We will not allow the (EU’s) plan to include nuclear energy in the sanctions to be implemented.” Hungry currently operates the Soviet-designed Paks nuclear power plant and the nation plans on doubling its nuclear energy output by building two new reactors. The reactors will be constructed by the Russian state-run nuclear firm Rosatom.

About 20% of all EU uranium imports come from Russia. Nuclear power accounts for  40% of the energy produced in Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria, 11.8% in Germany, and over 70% for France.