BUDAPEST, Aug 28 /PRIME/. The head of the Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary, Gergely Gouyash, said that the extension of anti-Russian sanctions to the energy sector was a fundamental mistake of the European Union, which caused an increase in energy prices.
“Ever since the European Union imposed sanctions on the energy sector, prices have started to rise… It was a fundamental mistake,” Guias said, speaking at the Transit public forum in the city of Tihany. The speech was broadcast on social networks.
Commenting on the permission issued by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority for the construction of two units of the Paks-2 nuclear power plant, Guiyash noted that “electricity supply today can be guaranteed, because there is Paks.” According to him, if Russia had not issued a loan to Hungary for construction, it would have dragged on “for ten years.”
The only nuclear power plant in Hungary, Paks, is located 100 kilometers from Budapest and five from the city of Paks. The station was built according to the Soviet project, it operates four units with VVER-440 reactors. The Paks nuclear power plant now generates almost half of all electricity in Hungary, and with the planned commissioning of two new Paks units, this share is expected to double. For Hungary, nuclear energy is a way to ensure its energy security, the country’s leadership has repeatedly emphasized.
At the end of 2014, Russia and Hungary signed documents on the construction at Paks NPP of new power units No. 5 and No. 6 with reactor plants according to the advanced Russian project VVER-1200, which meets the most modern standards of reliability and safety. It was reported that Russia would give Hungary a state loan of up to 10 billion euros for the Paks-2 project, and the total cost of the work would be 12.5 billion euros.
After the start of a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously stated that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy for the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy. According to him, the main goal of the West is to worsen the lives of millions of people.