Hungary will sign a new deal with Vladimir Putin, in a blow to the EU’s efforts to reduce dependency on Russian energy.
On Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban confirmed a new deal would be signed this summer to provide his country with an additional 700 million cubic metres of gas.
He said: “We are negotiating with the Russians … this deal can be signed during the summer, and then we will be safe.
“Hungary will have enough gas.”
The deal would come as a blow to Brussels’ efforts to become ever less dependent on Moscow for energy supplies.
Commenting on the upcoming deal, European correspondent for French daily Liberation, Jean Quatremer, said: “Hungary has officially broken European unity.
“As there are no European sanctions on gas, it does not violate any of its obligations, it is just a thumbs up to the twenty-six other countries.
“But symbolically, it leaves the European concert.”