Ukraine and some of its partners are promoting in the EU the idea of sanctions against the Russian "Rosatom" as a company that de facto participates in the aggression, and hopes first to achieve personal sanctions against individual officials.
He told this in an interview with European Pravda.
The diplomat noted that Russia's attempts to remain in the nuclear energy market and continue business in the EU, combined with its behavior at the occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP and creating a threat to other Ukrainian nuclear power plants is an unacceptable situation, and partners will have to make some decisions.
"That is, we always put the question that both European Union member states and third countries have to make a choice: either they deal with a company that is essentially part of the Russian occupation forces, if we are talking about the Zaporizhzhia NPP, or sharply - as Finland did - or gradually withdraw from this dependence. And, again, ensure their security, because if they build a facility with a state that could attack them tomorrow and would have all the plans and understanding about all the sensitive points of the facility - it's just dangerous," said Vsevolod Centsov.
In response to EuroPravda's remark that Hungary is still continuing with Rosatom to build new power units at the Paks NPP, and in these circumstances, one can hardly hope for its consent to sanctions, the diplomat noted that "one should never say never.
"Time will tell; we have to start somewhere. Right now we insist that at least officials in this sector should fall under sanctions, and beyond that, we just have to reinforce the trend," he said.-
Author - Olena Madiak, 23/01/2023