A government official has denied that two blocks planned to be built for the Paks nuclear power plant may end up in Russian hands. Government commissioner in charge of the expansion project Attila Aszódi told the weekly Heti Válasz that a report in Népszabadság daily was mistaken. Népszabadság cited him as saying that if Hungary withdraws from the project in the case of its rejection by the European Union, the government would consider buying electricity at a guaranteed price from the two new reactors, which would be in Russian ownership. Aszódi denied he had told a conference the blocks could go into Russian ownership. “We never considered this as a solution,” he said. The contract is being prepared in a way that enables Hungary to withdraw if the European Commission does not approve the project, Aszódi said, adding that the Commission’s decision after a scrutiny about state aid is expected within a year.