MOSCOW Feb 1 "Nit-picking" by the European
Union is hampering completion of a deal between Russia and
Hungary to expand the Paks nuclear power plant on the Danube
river, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.
"The European Commission with the help of nit-picking is
impeding the implementation of this project, which is already
practically agreed by the Hungarian and Russian sides," Ushakov
told reporters on the eve of a visit to Hungary by Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
Ushakov also accused Ukraine's government of provoking a
flare-up in fighting with pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.
Kiev has blamed the rebels for the fighting, around the town of
"With its flagrant provocation in the area of Avdiyivka,
Kiev wants to test the preparedness of the new (U.S.)
administration," Ushakov said.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing
by Andrew Osborn)