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Macron calls for IAEA mission to Zaporozhye nuclear power plant — RT World News


During a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, the French president also called on Russian troops to leave the establishment.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he supports sending experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Moscow, which accuses kyiv of repeatedly bombing the Russian-controlled facility, said it would welcome such a mission.

Speaking on the phone with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Tuesday, Macron expressed concern over the presence of Russian troops at the nuclear power plant, citing the “threatens“posed by them”presence and action” there. The French leader called for the withdrawal of Moscow military personnel from the installation.

Macron also backed a proposal made earlier by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi to send the watchdog’s experts to the site.as soon as possible.

According to a transcript released by the French president’s office, Macron discussed the terms of such a mission with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Russian forces seized the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in early March, shortly after Moscow launched the military campaign against its neighbor.


In recent weeks, Russian forces have accused Ukraine of deliberately bombing the facility on several occasions. According to Moscow, kyiv risks a major nuclear disaster on the scale of the Chernobyl accident in 1986, or even worse.

Ukraine vehemently denies the allegations, insisting that it was Russian forces who bombed the power station to trap the Ukrainian military – a narrative backed by the US and EU.

On Monday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by telephone with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The Russian official expressed Moscow’s concern over the alleged Ukrainian bombing of the facility. The two discussed”safe operating conditions of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement.

Guterres had previously called for the creation of a demilitarized zone around the plant.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Ukraine and its Western allies of trying to block an IAEA mission from accessing the site. She said Moscow, on the other hand, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of international experts.

Zakharova said it was the Ukrainian army that was “undeniablyresponsible for the bombing of the nuclear power plant. In an interview with RT on Monday, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the pro-Russian military-civilian administration in Zaporozhye, echoed Zakharova’s assessment.

The official claimed that Ukrainian and UN officials wanted to keep the IAEA team away from the nuclear facility, because if the experts had access to the site, they would come to the same conclusion as Moscow – that Ukrainian forces have it. bombarded.

Russia has already contacted the UN and the IAEA to ask them to intervene and force Ukraine to stop targeting the plant.

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