February 5, 2023

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Fearing a “catastrophe” in Zaporizhia, Putin agrees to an IAEA mission

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on Friday accepted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) mission to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest. A “Mass Disaster”, Moscow and Kiev blame each other for the strikes.

“Systematic bombing (…) The territory of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant creates a risk of a large-scale catastrophe, which can lead to radioactive contamination of large territories.The Russian president warned during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

MM Putin and Macron, in this context, “Highlighted the importance of sending a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the nuclear power plant as soon as possible, which could assess the situation at the site”insisted and informed the Kremlin “The Russian side has confirmed that it is ready to provide all necessary assistance to the investigators [de l’AIEA] ».

The Russian head of state also accepted that the latter was a pass “by Ukraine” And he mentioned the French presidency, not Russia, which he had previously claimed.

In this regard, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Croci, issued a statement. “Recent reports that Ukraine and Russia support the IAEA’s goal of sending a mission are welcome [à Zaporijia] ». This system “It is actively consulting with all parties [pour y dépêcher] soon [une équipe que M. Grossi] He will lead himselfAccording to this speech broadcast in the evening. “In this highly volatile and fragile situation, it is vital that no further risk-taking measures are taken. (…) One of the largest nuclear power plants in the world”The head of the IAEA insisted.

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“Restructuring of Total Defense [sur ce site] can be started after the task has started its work”In the evening Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commented.

European diplomatic chief Joseph Borrell has called on the Russians “To get back [de la zone de la centrale et à] Immediately hand over full control to its rightful owner, Ukraine.

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