Orbán meets with Putin in bid to bolster energy, transport, agriculture ties
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#1 Jan 31, 2013
Prime Minister Viktor Orban will pay a one-day official visit to Moscow on Thursday and hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with energy affairs and transport featuring high on the agenda, the state secretary for external economic relations said.
Putin and Orban are also expected to discuss Hungarian-Russian cooperation in education, industry and agriculture, said Peter Szijjarto.
Concerning cooperation in energy affairs, the sides are expected to discuss the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline started near Anapa at the Black Sea in southern Russia on Dec. 7, Szijjarto said last week. Szijjarto, who held talks about the project in Moscow last December, said preparations for the gas pipelines Hungarian stretch were progressing well.
The potential Russian involvement in the planned expansion of Hungarys sole nuclear power station in Paks is also expected to be on the agenda. Szijjarto said the cabinet wants Paks to play a much bigger role in fulfilling Hungarys electricity demands than today. Paks currently supplies 43 percent of Hungarys electricity consumption and it requires a large investment project to change this.
Another major topic is transport as Russia plays a key role in the transport of goods from the Far East and the Caucasus to Europe.
The sides are expected to explore further prospects in boosting bilateral farming relations to follow up on the Hungarian-Russian Economic Committees Agriculture Work Groups meeting held in Budapest earlier this week.
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