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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY BACKS DIVERSIFICATION OF EUROPEAN ENERGY SUPPLY

 

Hungary supports the diversification of European energy supply, and has made headway in this direction by increasing oil imports from Kazakhstan, which now cover 16% of its total consumption, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a joint press conference with Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi. Still, this is supplied via Russia and could be subject to sanctions, the foreign ministry cited Szijjártó as saying. Meanwhile, he said oil and gas company MOL was the technical manager of a Kazakh-Chinese-Hungarian consortium that plans extraction from a big gas field in Kazakhstan pending Kazakh government approval. Extraction could start next year, he added. Szijjártó praised Kazakhstan for combatting terrorism and ensuring stability in the region neighbouring Afghanistan by preventing the spread of extremist ideologies and by taking action against migration and smuggling.