Washington has a direct message to Moscow in the context

Washington has a direct message to Moscow in the context


The IAEA mission must reach the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which is in the hot zone of the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv, at any moment. In this context, a high representative from the White House sent a direct message to the Russian Federation.

In the middle of the war between Russia and Ukraine, an extremely important visit takes place in the conflict zone.

It is about the mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.

In this context, a last minute message came from Washington. John Kirby, the National Security Council’s strategic communications coordinator at the White House, said Russia should provide safe and unimpeded access for IAEA inspectors to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant.

The “safest” option would be a “controlled” shutdown of the reactors, said John Kirby, quoted by the AFP agency.

In his opinion, “We continue to believe that a controlled shutdown of the Zaporozhye reactors would be the safest and least risky option,” said the White House official, Monday, during a press briefing.

In addition, John Kirby recalled that the United States is asking Russia to agree to the creation of a “demilitarized zone” around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, currently controlled by the Russian military, where an IAEA mission is expected shortly.

The Director General of the IAEA talks about a real risk of nuclear catastrophe

For his part, Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, personally leads this mission in Ukraine, which includes at least ten people.

The IAEA director has been asking for months to be allowed access to the site, clearly warning of the “real risk of nuclear catastrophe”.

Specifically, the Zaporozhye power plant, where six of the 15 Ukrainian reactors are located, was taken under control by Russian troops at the beginning of March, shortly after the start of the invasion on February 24. Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of bombing the surroundings of the nuclear complex, on the bank of the Dnieper, and putting it in danger.

And the mission that the IAEA will carry out at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant Zaporozhye is “the hardest in the history” of the organization, because of the nearby fighting, said Dmitro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, also on Monday.

Thus, “This mission will be the toughest in the history of the IAEA due to the combat activity carried out by Russia on the ground, but also as a result of the obvious manner in which Russia is trying to legitimize its presence”, declared the head of Ukrainian diplomacy during a visits made to Stockholm.

On the other hand, Russia’s ambassador to the international organizations based in Vienna, Mihail Ulianov, welcomed the IAEA mission to the nuclear power plant and wanted to specify that Russia made a significant contribution to this visit.