Czech minister says Russian firms should not build nuclear plant

PRAGUE, March 3 Mon Mar 3, 2014 9:48am EST

PRAGUE, March 3 (Reuters) - Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said it was hard to imagine that Russian firms could take part in the planned expansion of a Czech nuclear power plant after developments in Crimea, according to the news website www.idnes.cz .

"Russia has disappeared from the group of predictable, democratic countries. What it is doing is unacceptable," Stropnicky said. His spokesman confirmed the comments to Reuters on Monday.

A consortium including Russia's Atomstroyexport is bidding for a contract worth over $10 billion to expand the Temelin plant, alongside Toshiba's U.S. unit Westinghouse. It is anyway not clear that the project will go ahead because of low electricity prices in Europe.

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