The European Union does not plan to impose sanctions on the Russian state-owned company Rosatom in the eleventh package of sanctions, a senior EU official said.
Source. This was reported by CNN.
According to him, member states will continue to reduce their dependence on Russian energy, but "sanctions alone" will not achieve this. The official stressed that there are "other ways to achieve this goal".
It is expected that the statement following the G7 summit in Hiroshima will outline the group's intentions to become independent of Russian nuclear energy sources.
Sanctions against Rosatom have already been discussed in previous packages. In particular, Poland and Lithuania insisted on this. However, many European nuclear power plants, including those in France, Slovenia, and Hungary, depend on Rosatom.
Budapest has claimed that the Russian company is involved in the maintenance of the only nuclear power plant, Paks, operating in the country, which provides more than 50% of electricity. Last year, Rosatom developed two new power units for the facility. In this regard, Hungary opposed restrictions on Russian nuclear energy, citing tragic consequences for the country. France took a similar position.
Ukraine insists on sanctions against Rosatom. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal raised this topic at a meeting with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, drawing attention to the occupation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
Shmyhal emphasized that "the aggressor must be punished for attacks on Ukraine's energy sector and crimes against the environment."
Rosatom responded to these calls by stating that "nuclear energy should be outside the political environment." No sanctions were imposed against the company as part of the EU's 10th package.