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EU concerns could block Russia, Hungary nuclear fuel supply deal

EU concerns could block Russia, Hungary nuclear fuel supply deal

A nuclear fuel supply deal between Hungary and Russia has hit a snag.

The European Commission’s nuclear fuel purchasing agency Euratom objected to a plan for Russia to provide fuel to new reactors at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary, according to Energy Marketplace. EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic would not comment to Reuters on the talks, but the commission is asking for “certain modification” to the fuel supply deal that would allow others besides just Russia to deliver nuclea fuel to the plant. A Hungarian government spokesman said in Reuters that he expects to have the matter resolved in a couple of weeks.

The two countries signed a deal earlier in March that would keep business and technical aspects of the plan for Rosatom to build two new reactors at Paks that will be kept under wraps for 30 years. A Hungarian government spokesman said in Reuters that talks about the fuel supply deal would not affect expansion plans.

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