Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that the country's government will not allow the Russian state corporation Rosatom to participate in the tender for the construction of a new power unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, reports UNN.
“I think that it should not be allowed,” Babiš said in response to a question about Rosatom’s admission to participate in the construction of a new power unit. “I suppose the government will decide so,” he said.
According to him, in the coming days, the Czech Republic plans to send out a security questionnaire to everyone interested in the construction of Dukovany NPP. Earlier, the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Karel Havlíček said that "he cannot imagine that now Rosatom will be included in the safety assessment." Babiš, commenting on the minister’s words, indicated that, most likely, the company will no longer pass the necessary security checks, but the final decision remains with the government.
The construction of a new power unit at Dukovany NPP should begin in 2029 and be completed in 2036, the project cost is about €6 billion. Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev announced the company's intention to participate in it in July 2019. In addition to the Russian company, the American Westinghouse, the French EDF and the South Korean KHNP are competing for it.
On the evening of April 17, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamáček announced that 18 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the country. According to him, they are members of the Russian special services. Prague has “reasonable suspicions” of the involvement of Russian special services in the explosion of an ammunition depot in the eastern village of Vrbetice in October 2014, which killed two people, explained Prime Minister Babiš.