Ukraine calls for help to protect energy supply

The Ukrainian parliament has requested help from international monitors to help prevent Russia from interfering with the country’s energy supply.

The legislature has called on international monitors to help secure its nuclear reactors, after Russian troops moved into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula over the weekend.
Ukraine-Russia crisis
They have appealed to those nations — including the US, the UK and Russia — that signed a 1994 nuclear accord guaranteeing Ukraine's safety, according to the article.

The crisis in the Crimea is also having an adverse effect in the nuclear power sector in neighbouring nations. Government ministers in the Czech Republic are questioning whether Russian contracts to expand a Czech nuclear power plant should move forward.

Czech Republic Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said Russia has "disappeared from the group of predictable, democratic countries," and said the events in Crimea are "unacceptable." However Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told media outlets there is "no reason" for the Czech government to cut business ties with Russia despite its official condemnations of the federation's actions.

A nuclear energy consortium that includes Russia's Atomstroyexport is bidding on a $10 billion contract to expand the Czech Republic's Temelin Nuclear Power Station near the Austrian border.

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