France, Hungary, and Bulgaria are blocking EU sanctions against Russian nuclear energy, including Rosatom.
The Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported this on March 9.
France continues its collaboration with the Russian nuclear industry by purchasing fuel, Hungary refers to issues of national security, while Bulgaria fears that sanctions would impede it in purchasing fuel for its nuclear power plants.
Meanwhile, Rosatom, which wasn’t included in the European Union’s 10th sanction package, started to promote itself in other segments of the energy market.
Poland fully backs Ukraine’s position on this issue and urges the inclusion of Russian nuclear energy in the 10th sanction package against Russia, says Andrzej Sadoś, Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union.
However, a new sanction package must be approved unanimously by all 27 EU member states.
Context. France buys Russian nuclear fuel for its nuclear power plants. Rosatom is building two new reactors at Hungary's nuclear power plant, owned by the MVM state company in Paks.
Rosatom and all the Russian nuclear industry were sanctioned by the United Kingdom. In February, the sanction package was imposed on 92 individuals and entities connected to Rosatom, as well as Rosatom’s top managers.
Ukraine insists that pressure through sanctions on Rosatom and Russia’s nuclear energy should be increased. The aggressor country must lose its position as a global exporter in the energy market, said First Deputy Prime Minister Yuliia Svyrydenko.