Budapest, July 18 (MTI) – The opposition LMP party on Monday reaffirmed its call on the government to reduce Hungary’s dependence on Russian energy imports and take a more active stand against plans to extend the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline.
LMP welcomed an earlier decision by the European Union to reduce dependence on Russian energy sources, but the German and Hungarian governments appear to have taken steps in the opposite direction, Péter Ungár, the party’s foreign policy spokesman, told a news conference.
As an example, he noted the planned capacity expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany. Retail gas prices in Hungary would rise as a result and neighbouring Ukraine would be destabilised as a transit country, he added.
LMP expects the government to oppose the project more resolutely, Ungar said.