The head of the country’s radiation protection office says the conflict in Ukraine could cause a wide range of disasters
Residents in Germany must prepare for nuclear emergencies, the president of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Inge Paulini, warned on Wednesday.
In an interview with the newspapers of the Funke media group, Paulini pointed out that “Radiation does not stop at borders” and claimed that the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kyiv has “has made it clear to the general public that we must be and remain prepared for a wide variety of nuclear emergencies.”
Russia has repeatedly insisted that it has no intention of using atomic weapons in Ukraine and has referred to its nuclear doctrine which allows the use of such munitions only in the event of retaliation or in the event that the country faces an existential threat of conventional warfare.
Paulini also criticized Germany’s neighbors for not eliminating nuclear power from their power grid. “On the contrary, many of our neighboring countries are planning new power plants,” she said, warning of the risk of accidents at these facilities, which could affect the whole of Europe.
In recent years, Germany has launched an initiative to wean itself off nuclear power, with the country’s Green Party highlighting the potentially catastrophic risks associated with its production. The nation has just three operational nuclear power plants left after MPs voted in November to extend their operations until April 2023 in light of Europe’s ongoing energy crisis.
Meanwhile, Bundestag Vice President and FDP member Wolfgang Kubicki slammed the government’s refusal to revise its comprehensive approach to nuclear power plants and warned of a potential default unless something is done about it. solve the energy crisis.
“We want no more gas and oil supplies from Russia, at the same time as our ‘green’ friends restart coal-fired power plants, while preventing a reasonable extension of the life of nuclear power plants,” he said. he added. Kubicki said earlier this week.
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