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The Ukraine war casts doubts on the Paks project

March 8th, 2022

A left-wing commentator believes that after Russian troops shot salvos at the Zaporizhie nuclear power station, the project of building of two new giant blocks next to the Paks nuclear power station should be scrapped.

In Népszava, Miklós Hargitay suggests that the attack on Europe’s largest nuclear plant by Russian troops last week makes it virtually impossible to entrust Russia’s Rosatom with building the new blocks at Paks. He quotes Hungary’s top nuclear energy expert, who on his blog asked whether Russia seriously hopes to find any country which would accept its nuclear plants, after what happened in Ukraine. The words of Attila Aszódi, the former State Secretary in charge of the preparations for the Paks project, the left-wing commentator suggests, surely sound the death knell for the Paks expansion project. He quotes Prime Minister Orbán, who said that whatever the final outcome of the Ukraine war, Russia is here to stay. For that very reason, Hargitay concludes, the Russian blocks at Paks should never be built.

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