Europe shows its concern about the IAEA inspection at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
Europe warns of its concern about the urgent mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect the ukrainian Zaporizhia nuclear plant, occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion.
Continued shelling near the nuclear power plant, and conflicting accusations between Russia and Ukraine about responsibility for the attacks, have sparked fears of a possible nuclear disaster.
Therefore, a team of experts from this body of the UN He traveled to Ukraine on Monday. This was announced by the head of the organization, Rafael Grossi, through his Twitter account, who also heads the mission.
“The day has come, the IAEA mission to Zaporizhia is already on its way. We must protect the security of Ukraine and Europe’s largest power plant,” Grossi wrote, stating that the mission would arrive “this very week”.
Russia and Ukraine will collaborate with the IAEA
Both Ukraine and Russia have committed to Collaborate with the agency’s inspection work.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmitro Kuleba, he claimed: “Without exaggeration, this mission will be the toughest in the history of the IAEA“.
Kremlin press secretary Dmitri Peskov, has also spoken on the subject: “I insist that we have been waiting for this mission for a long time and we consider it necessary,” said Peskov. “Security will be provided to the IAEA mission within the territories under Russian controltaking into account the constant risks that prevail in the area due to the incessant bombardment of the territory by Ukraine”.
“We believe that all countries should increase pressure on the Ukrainian side to force it to stop threatening the European continent by bombing the territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and its surroundings,” the Kremlin spokesman stressed.
Emmanuel Macron shows his concern about the situation in Zaporizhia
French President Emmanuel Macronmade his concerns about the matter clear during his speech in Paris with the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
“We have a common concern with the IAEA. First of all, nuclear safety and security must not be compromised in this war, which is why this mission is important. It is necessary to protect this plant and the security of the entire region. Second, Ukrainian sovereignty over Zaporizhia should not be discussed.”
In his speech, he also noted that Europe must remain “united against Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
Zaporizhia distributes iodine tablets as a preventive measure
In Zaporizhia, authorities are handing out iodine tablets and teaching residents how to use them in case of radiation. And it is that during this weekend, the Ukrainian nuclear agency Energoatom warned about the risk of leakage. This is one more sign that the danger of a possible nuclear accident is increasingly real.