Hungary would reject any “attempt to approve sanctions on the nuclear industry” as this would seriously hurt the country’s national security and economic interests, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, said in Prague. Regarding Hungary’s sole nuclear power plant in Paks, Szijjártó said the government’s aim with its expansion was for the country to achieve “climate neutrality” by 2050. He noted that the new blocks to be built as part of the international project would have total capacity of 2,400 megawatts and pre-empt the emission of 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Szijjártó said the expansion of the nuclear project, Europe’s largest, was progressing well with all permits obtained in the EU. He pointed out “attempts made regularly by certain players to stymie the projects”, adding however that for Hungary “the security of energy supply is a matter of sovereignty”. “We view attacks on the project as attempts to violate our right to make sovereign decisions about our national energy mix,” Szijjártó said.