According to the Foreign Ministry, the branch’s deputy head, Sergei Vershinin, held meetings with the IAEA in Istanbul and said he relied on the experience and knowledge of that organization’s experts to prevent the accident at the Zaporozhye nuclear plant.
As Vershinin said earlier, a concrete discussion is taking place so that this peaceful nuclear facility is not threatened by the bombings carried out by the Ukrainian side.
The deputy foreign minister stressed that everyone understands the danger of reckless actions by Kiev, adding that they should also be aware that the nuclear plant is on Russian territory and under Moscow’s control.
On 2 December, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi announced that an agreement could soon be reached on the establishment of a safety zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
Earlier, Alexei Likhachev, the head of Russian energy corporation Rosatom, said that any bombings at Zaporozhye were not included in the safety model discussed with Grossi.
On 17 November, the IAEA adopted a new resolution on the Zaporozhye plant, urging Russia to “immediately renounce its unfounded claims of ownership of this plant”.
Russia and China voted against the resolution, while India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, South Africa, Kenya and Namibia abstained.
Russia’s Permanent Mission in Vienna described the proposal as out of scope for the nuclear regulatory body.
Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe in terms of number of units and installed capacity: the plant consists of six units of one gigawatt each, located in the city of Energodar on the south bank of the Dnieper River.
The region has been under the protection of the Russian military since last March, days after Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry insisted that the move was justified in order to prevent the leak of nuclear and radioactive material. Despite the danger of these actions, Ukrainian forces regularly shell the area of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant adjacent to the city.