EU country to issue iodine tablets to populace — Analysis

A third EU country has decided to supply anti-radiation tablets for citizens in the midst of conflict with Ukraine

Romania’s health ministry has said it’s going to hand out potassium iodine pills to all persons, from babies to 40-year-olds. This EU state is now a member of Finland, Bulgaria and Belgium, which have all provided similar drugs for their populations during the current Russian invasion in Ukraine.

The ministry said on Sunday that a campaign will be launched to educate people on how to store the tablets and how to administer them. This helps reduce radiation’s impact on the human body.

he distribution of tablets is going to begin in the second half of April after a relevant legal procedure is established, it added.Its statement didn’t mention the reasons for the move, but pointed out that “at the moment, there is no danger that makes it necessary to take these pills.”

Romania has a border of 614 kilometers with Ukraine. Ukraine operates four nuclear power plants.

EU stockpiles iodine pills and nuclear-protective gear

In the wake of the Ukrainian conflict, the EU urged its member states to stockpile iodine pills – which swiftly became a scarce product – and other designated drugs, as well as nuclear-protective suits. Brussels said it is stepping up its preparations to handle the consequences of any chemical or biological attacks.

In early March, a fire at Ukraine’s Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant, which had been seized by Russian forces, made international headlines. With the International Atomic Energy Agency confirming that there was no fire, the blaze was quickly put out. “no critical impact on safety”At the facility.

Moscow has also pointed out that it had thwarted an attempt, by what it called Ukrainian radicals, to cut electricity supply to the former Chernobyl nuclear power station, which became the site of the world’s most devastating nuclear disaster in 1986.

Russia immediately put its nuclear arsenal on high alert after it launched its military intervention in Ukraine. “aggressive statements”Moscow was subject to financial sanctions and NATO.

Russian forces hand back Chernobyl to Ukraine – IAEA

Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. To regulate these areas within Ukraine, the French-and German-brokered protocol was created.

Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to not join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to take over rebel territories by force.

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