The State Duma today ratified the “Protocol on Amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Hungary on the provision of a state loan to the Government of Hungary to finance the construction of a nuclear power plant in Hungary on March 28, 2014”.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Shamsail Saraliev noted in his comment:
Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has repeatedly drawn attention to positive trends in the strategic partnership between Russia and Hungary. Bilateral relations between our countries are developing in almost all directions. Among other things, there are good opportunities for the development of Russian-Hungarian cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
It is noteworthy that the operating Hungarian Paks NPP was built according to the Soviet design. The construction of two new power units is also planned according to Russian projects.
This will undoubtedly strengthen economic, energy and investment ties between our countries. The Russian side will receive one more unique experience in the field of radiation safety.
As for the loan itself, Hungary has already proven its solvency. Hungary responsibly fulfills its loan agreements and obligations.
Hungary today is one of our key partners in Europe. It is important to note that friendly international relations between Russia and Hungary can become a good example for other EU states.
Western countries must come to the understanding that a mutually beneficial partnership with Russia will bring more benefits than the continuation of the sanctions policy.