Moscow urges ‘all nations’ to pressure Kiev over nuclear site — Analysis
But creating a demilitarized zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear site isn’t on the agenda, the Kremlin says
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin press secretary has indicated that Ukraine will need to stop attacking the Zaporozhye nuclear plant under Russian control.
“We still believe that all countries are obliged to put pressure on the Ukrainian side, so that it stops endangering the European continent by shelling the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and adjacent areas,”Peskov spoke to the media Monday.
This statement was made hours after Rafael Grossi, head of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), announced that IAEA specialists would be visiting the nuclear facility this week in order to evaluate the security situation there and determine if there is a need for a permanent presence.
“We’ve been waiting for this mission for a long time. We believe it to be necessary,”A Kremlin spokesperson said that Moscow is ready to work with UN Atomic Agency.
He stated that Russia will provide security for the IAEA inspectors when they arrive at the plant in Ukraine-held territory.
Peskov also commented on a suggestion by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the crisis at Europe’s largest nuclear power station could be resolved by setting up a demilitarized zone around the perimeter.
“No, there’s no talk about it,”The Kremlin’s press secretary stated this when asked about his proposal.
Russia repeatedly accuses Ukraine of targeting Zaporozhye’s nuclear power station and Energodar, warning it that this could cause a major disaster similar to the 1986 Chernobyl event.
Ukraine, meanwhile, has claimed that Russian forces have turned the nuclear plant into a military base and that they’ve been shelling the facility themselves to pin the blame on Kiev. Moscow has insisted on an IAEA visit to the site, despite denials of these accusations.
Ukrainian drone downed over nuclear plant – Russia
Russia’s Defense Ministry said that a Ukrainian drone was shot down above the Zaporozhye plant on Sunday and that at least eight large-caliber shells were fired at Energodar by Kiev’s forces on the same day.
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