Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s push to limit his country’s contacts with Russian and Chinese firms and grant a nuclear power plant construction contract to an American firm.
Russia and China pose a threat to Czech energy independence Pompeo said during his visit to Prague on Wednesday. The top US diplomat warned of what he described as the risks of expanding the Dukovany nucler power plant. “Partnering with Russian and Chinese nuclear companies will in fact undermine the Czech Republic’s national sovereignty,” he noted.
But the Czech PM rejected his claims.
We are a sovereign country, we treat these countries quite standardly like everyone else.
“I said [to Pompeo] that we are moving forward as a member of the EU, that there has been a similar sit
uation in other similar bids, and that we cannot eliminate anyone to comply with EU rules,” Babis told the Mlada fronta Dnes daily on Thursday about the construction of the power plant.
The Czech PM also refused to rule out Chinese telecom company Huawei as a potential partner in 5G building despite Pompeo’s push. The problem must be discussed within the EU, Babis said, adding that no final decision has yet been made on 5G tenders.
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