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The visit of international nuclear experts seems very difficult


As soon as possible, the nuclear experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency should carry out an inspection of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, to ensure that there is no nuclear risk to Europe, given that the area around the plant has been the target of several bombings in the last period. However, the visit of international experts seems very difficult to achieve.

Currently, there are growing tensions related to the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the largest in Europe.

The UN does not prevent a visit of nuclear experts to Zaporozhye

On Monday, representatives of the UN (United Nations Organization) rejected the accusations made by the Russian Federation, according to which the UN would prevent a visit of nuclear experts to the said plant.

Thus, Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, explained, at the institution’s headquarters in New York, that there is no question of the UN secretariat postponing the trip, notes the DPA agency.

Thus, “the UN Secretariat has no authority to block or cancel” the movement of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) personnel, explained the spokesperson.

The IAEA acts independently of the UN, he added. The UN has “logistical and security capacity” in Ukraine to support the visit of IAEA inspectors. “But there must be an agreement with Russia and Ukraine”, indicated Stephane Dujarric.

Disputes between Russia and Ukraine over the route such a mission should use

In this sense, there are disagreements regarding a travel route for IAEA inspectors, because Ukraine would not agree to a mission exclusively through Russian-occupied territory or by other means across the border between Russia and Ukraine.

For its part, Russia is of the opinion that an IAEA mission should not pass through the capital Kyiv, as it is too dangerous.

The statement belongs to a Russian diplomat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow.

In his opinion, “Imagine what it means to go through Kyiv, it means to reach the nuclear power plant through the first line.

This is a huge risk considering that the armed forces of Ukraine are not all formed in the same way,” says Igor Visnevetsky, deputy director of the Department of Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, quoted by the RIA agency.

The Russian official also specified that such a UN nuclear agency mission does not have a mandate to address the “demilitarization” of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, as Kiev demands, because it can only deal with “meeting IAEA guarantees.”

In fact, the two parties involved in the military conflict have been accusing each other for several weeks of shooting at the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, with the risk of provoking a nuclear catastrophe.