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‘We’re a sovereign nation’: PM Babis tells Pompeo Czechs will determine for themselves what to do with their nuclear plant & Huawei

‘We are a sovereign country’: PM Babis tells Pompeo Czechs will decide for themselves what to do with their nuclear plant & Huawei

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s push to restrict his nation’s contacts with Russian and Chinese language corporations and grant a nuclear energy plant building contract to an American agency.

Russia and China pose a risk to Czech vitality independence Pompeo mentioned throughout his go to to Prague on Wednesday. The highest US diplomat warned of what he described because the dangers of increasing the Dukovany nucler energy plant. “Partnering with Russian and Chinese language nuclear firms will in reality undermine the Czech Republic’s nationwide sovereignty,” he famous.

However the Czech PM rejected his claims.

We’re a sovereign nation, we deal with these nations fairly standardly like everybody else.

“I mentioned [to Pompeo] that we’re shifting ahead as a member of the EU, that there was the same scenario in different comparable bids, and that we can not eradicate anybody to adjust to EU guidelines,” Babis informed the Mlada fronta Dnes every day on Thursday concerning the building of the ability plant.

The Czech PM additionally refused to rule out Chinese language telecom firm Huawei as a possible companion in 5G constructing regardless of Pompeo’s push. The issue should be mentioned throughout the EU, Babis mentioned, including that no remaining resolution has but been made on 5G tenders.

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Czech President Milos Zeman informed Pompeo on Wednesday that “the nice powers shouldn’t be hostile to one another, however ought to have a standard enemy, which is worldwide terrorism,” in keeping with Babis.

Throughout his go to to Prague Pompeo mentioned that China’s world financial energy makes it in some methods “a tougher foe to counter than the Soviet Union throughout the Chilly Struggle.”

President Trump’s administration is in search of to persuade US allies in Europe and Asia to bar Chinese language-made tools from their tech networks or entry to delicate data on particular person residents and companies.

China’s state-backed every day International Occasions has described Washington’s plan to ban sure applied sciences of Chinese language origin as an indication of “insanity.”

In June, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom started useful resource testing of a mock-up of a third-generation VVER-440 nuclear gasoline for the Dukovany nuclear plant within the Czech Republic.

Dukovany and Temelin NPP present 35 % of the nation’s complete electrical energy. Each vegetation have been utilizing Russian nuclear gasoline since they have been commissioned.

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