The head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, allowed the arrival of experts at the ZNPP in the next few days. The security of the mission was guaranteed by both Russia and Ukraine, said French President Emmanuel Macron “(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are ready to arrive at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant next week, The Wall Street Journal writes, citing participants in negotiations on the planned IAEA mission.
The agency staff can bring spare parts, radiation monitoring equipment to the plant and other necessary equipment, the interlocutors of the publication say.
RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense and asked for a comment from the press service of the government of the Russian-controlled part of the Zaporozhye region.
Part of the Zaporozhye region, including the city of Enerhodar and the nuclear power plant located on its territory, has been controlled by the Russian military since late February. They have repeatedly accused the Ukrainian side of shelling the ZNPP with the help of artillery and drones. The UN called the attacks on the station “suicidal” and declared the need for an urgent visit to the nuclear power plant by the IAEA mission. The Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that the trip was agreed upon in early June, but fell through due to the position of Ukraine and the West.
The G7 countries (USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan) insisted that monitoring at the nuclear power plant is hampered by the presence of the Russian military, and called on Moscow to hand over control of the nuclear power plant to Kyiv. Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya opposed this, saying that during the withdrawal of troops, the station could be used by the Ukrainian authorities for “monstrous provocations”.
On August 26, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he had received security guarantees from Russia and Ukraine for the mission of IAEA experts to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed his promise to refrain from actions that threaten this mission, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said after talks with him.
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On the same day, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, reported that “there is every chance that the mission will take place.” He suggested that this could happen at the end of August— early September. IAEA director Rafael Grossi said that the mission would arrive at the ZNPP within a few days. Bloomberg called September 5 the date of arrival of specialists at the station.
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