Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed the organisation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, economic cooperation and international energy projects with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their meeting in the Kremlin on Sunday, Orban’s press chief said.
The two leaders assessed the current situation of international energy investment projects and their impact on Europe with special focus on the TurkStream gas pipeline which is currently under construction and of particular importance for Hungary, Bertalan Havasi told MTI.
They also discussed among bilateral economic issues the upgrade of Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant at Paks, regarded a “flagship” project of cooperation, and concluded that its implementation was “on the right track”, he said.
Orban congratulated Putin on Russia’s hosting the World Cup event at high standards. They confirmed that the next high-level Hungarian-Russian talks would be held on September 18 in Moscow.
“Our cooperation has been developing successfully. Last year, our mutual trade grew by 25 percent, event slightly more, according to our data. During this year’s first three months, it showed the same growth. As a result, the revenues of our Hungarian colleagues who work on the Russian market are increasing as well. Our major projects in energy and nuclear power are underway according to plans. I note with satisfaction that we have diversified cooperation, for instance, in pharmaceutics and engineering. One of your companies has 4 percent of the Russian market in terms of medication deliveries and production. This is a very good indicator,”
Putin said, according to the Kremlin’s website.
“Frankly, if it were not for the sanctions, which are causing damage, we could be advancing even faster. Of course, these measures are harmful, and we are missing many opportunities. I would like to assure you, Mr President, that we support the normalisation of relations between Russia and the West,”