Russia must return the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Ukrainian control so that Kyiv can fulfill its nuclear and radiation safety obligations in accordance with international conventions and standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the 42 countries said in a statement published on the website of the EU Delegation to International Organizations in Vienna .
“We call on the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its armed forces and all other unauthorized personnel from the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP, its immediate environs and all of Ukraine, so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign duties within internationally recognized borders»,— said in the message.
The statement was made on behalf of 42 countries, including 27 states— EU members, USA, UK, Canada, Norway, Turkey, Georgia, South Korea, Japan, Australia, etc.
The signatory countries insist that as long as the nuclear power plant is under the control of Russia, this poses a danger, in particular due to the deployment of military and weapons on its territory.
In addition, the statement states that after the transfer of control over the plant to Ukraine, the IAEA will be able to check the nuclear power plant “in safe and reliable conditions and in a timely manner.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the capture of Zaporozhye Nuclear power plant (the largest in Europe) February 28. In July—August, the territory of the station was repeatedly attacked, Moscow claims that the attacks were carried out by Kyiv, Kievzhe blames Moscow for the shelling. The last strike near the nuclear power plant, according to the pro-Russian authorities, was on August 13.
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The station was to be visited by an IAEA mission to assess the situation on the spot. As the head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, pointed out on August 11, the IAEA received information from both the Russian and Ukrainian sides, and, according to preliminary data, there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety at the nuclear power plant. But conditions can change at any moment, and agency specialists need to be physically present at the site to assess the situation, Grossi said. Both Russia and Ukraine emphasized that they were in favor of the visit of the mission to the station.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the West and Kyiv were hindering the visit of the IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, specifically there were accusations of disrupting the trip against the department for security and UN security. The G7 countries insisted that the presence of the Russian military at the station interfered with monitoring at the station. “Seven” also called on Moscow to transfer control of the nuclear power plant back to Kyiv.
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