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Pompeo warns Europeans of risks to US cooperation over Huawei

He is also expected to voice concerns about energy ties with Moscow, and urge Hungary not to support the TurkStream pipeline, part of the Kremlin’s plans to bypass Ukraine, the main transit route for Russian gas to Europe.

Hungary gets most of its gas from Russia and its main domestic source of electricity is the Paks nuclear power plant where Russia‘s Rosatom is involved in a 12.5 billion-euro expansion. It is also one of the EU states that benefit most from Chinese investment.

Hungary‘s Szijjarto brushed off US concerns, saying Budapest was fulfilling its obligations to western allies as a member of the NATO military alliance.

“When it comes to cooperation with Russia or cooperation with the People’s Republic of China that does not harm us being reliable as a NATO ally,” he told a joint news conference with the US counterpart.

Pompeo discussed international concerns over the rule of law in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban is pressuring courts, media and non-governmental groups, during meetings in Budapest.

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