“It is in Hungary’s national interest that cooperation between the two parts of Europe are as good as possible,” PM Orbán said following his meeting with President Putin, adding that Hungary-Russia connections play a special role in this relation. During his joint press conference with the Russian president, the prime minister talked about the expansion of the Paks nuclear plant, future natural gas shipments, economic relations between the two countries and the protection of the persecuted of Christians.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said an agreement has successfully been reached on the quantity and price of next year’s Gazprom natural gas shipments to Hungary, in addition to which negotiations have also begun on gas shipments for 2020
The close cooperation between the two countries are certainly good for feeding political rumors. But on what gas would Hungarian industry run today, what fuel would Hungarian households use for heating if the gas purchase agreement had expired at the end of 2015, Hungary's foreign minister said
Hungary aims to replace the four reactors currently operating at the Paks site, which were constructed in the 1980s and account for approximately 50 percent of Hungary's domestic electricity production
“It is hard to imagine a successful Hungary,” the prime minister said, “without establishing open, vigorous and fruitful economic and trade relations with one of the biggest players in the global economy”
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest on Thursday. President Putin said that he was in agreement with PM Orbán about the need to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international terrorism
Minister Szijjártó said that the European sanctions against Russia have “failed both from political and economic aspects”. Those sanctions impact not only Russia but Europe, too, and “it would be best to remove them”