Putin’s warning to Macron: "Risk of a major disaster at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant"

Communication of the French president with his Russian counterpart about the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Putin Agrees to Mission of International Atomic Energy Agency.

Vladimir Putin warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that shelling of the Russian-held Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which he attributed to Kyiv, could result in widespread destruction.

Moscow and Kyiv have blamed each other for bombing the area that is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which was seized by Russia in March but is still operating with Ukrainian technicians. Only two of the six reactors are operational.

“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the Ukrainian military’s systematic shelling of the area where the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located has created the risk of a large-scale disaster that could lead to radioactive contamination of a huge area of ​​land,” the Kremlin said in a statement. a reading of the phone call between the two leaders, which he says was initiated by Macron.

The Kremlin announced that Putin and Macron stressed the importance of sending a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the nuclear plant as soon as possible.

During the conversation between the two leaders, Putin also spoke to Macron about the ongoing obstacles to the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets.

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Emmanuel Macron told his Russian counterpart today that he is concerned about safety risks at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the Elysee said, adding that Putin had agreed to send experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the site.

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Macron expressed “once again his concern over the dangers posed by the situation at the Zaporizhia station to nuclear safety,” the Elysee Palace said.

The French presidency said Macron “supported the dispatch on the ground as soon as possible of an IAEA mission of experts, on terms agreed by Ukraine and the UN”.

The two presidents agreed to continue their talks in the coming days on this issue after the technical group talks and before the deployment of the mission, according to a statement on the phone conversation between the two presidents sent to reporters by Macron’s office.

Ukraine’s nuclear power plant management authority said today it suspects Moscow plans to disconnect the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from Ukraine’s grid, a complex operation that Kyiv says could spell disaster.

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