French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s concern about the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, adding: “We are striving to ensure the safety of the nuclear power plant.”
This comes after Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmykal announced today, Tuesday, that his country agreed in a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi to send permanent technical missions of the agency to all nuclear plants in the country.
On his Twitter account, he said the talks with Grossi also included the demilitarization of the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi said in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the agency hopes to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine on the establishment of a protective zone at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant by the end of 2019. year.
Grossi added to the newspaper in an earlier interview: “I am committed to finding a solution as soon as possible. I hope that it will be by the end of the year, ”reports Reuters.
Moscow and Kyiv have been exchanging accusations of bombing the Zaporizhzhya railway station, the largest in Europe, since the beginning of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory in late February.
It is noteworthy that this complex is an important source of Ukraine’s electricity supply, since this station, located on the southern bank of a huge reservoir on the Dnieper River, which separates Russian and Ukrainian forces, provides the country with more than 20% of its electricity needs.
Repeated bombings of the Russian-controlled plant raised fears of a serious accident just 500 kilometers from Chernobyl, where the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred in 1986.