14:26 02 Dec 2022

IAEA Director General hopes Zaporizhzhia NPP zone of physical and nuclear safety will be created by end of year

Photo: Twitter/Rafael Grossi

IAEA Director General Rafel Grossi hopes to reach an agreement with russia and Ukraine on the creation of a physical and nuclear safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by the end of the year.

As Reuters reports, Grossi said this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"My commitment is to reach a solution as soon as possible. I hope by the end of the year," commented the head of the IAEA on the creation of a safety zone around the ZNPP.

Grossi did not rule out a meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the president of the russian federation, vladimir putin, on this matter.

"Our goal is to avoid a nuclear accident, not to create a military situation that would favor either one party or the other," he said.


On March 4, russian troops seized the ZNPP. The invaders place military equipment and ammunition on its site, constantly shelling both the surrounding area and the station itself, destroying power lines and causing external power outages. Moreover, the enemy blames the Armed Forces of Ukraine for these shellings.

On November 29, during a meeting with the Director General of the IAEA in Bucharest, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, stated that to restore nuclear safety, russia should withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia NPP.


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