The Foreign Ministry announced plans to discuss a trip to the ZNPP through Russia with the IAEA

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The organization of a trip of specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant via alternative Russian routes will be the subject of discussion with the IAEA and the UN, Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Igor Vishnevetsky told reporters, TASS reports.

«Such negotiations will certainly be held. Based on the results, it will be clear what other options are possible to visit,»,— noted Vishnevetsky.

At the same time, he is convinced that visiting a nuclear power plant across the front line “carries colossal risks”: Kyiv, according to him, cannot guarantee the safety of specialists.

“Guarantees from the Ukrainian side are ephemeral. <…> Check-in from the Ukrainian side suggests that it should provide security. What kind of security can we talk about when they shell the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar?»— asked the diplomat.

Vishnevetsky stressed that the mission of the IAEA, which is going to be headed by the director general of the organization, should not be jeopardized. To travel to the nuclear power plant across the front line, specialists must be accompanied by a military escort. “Will it be a Ukrainian mission? Are we going to launch the Ukrainian military into the territory we control? This is absurd. Such a proposal is very doubtful, — he concluded.

In mid-August, the official representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, announced that the secretariat would support any trip by the IAEA to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant via Kyiv, if Moscow and the Ukrainian authorities agreed to this.

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Vishnevetsky said that Russia was ready to organize a safe route to the nuclear power plant, but the visit did not take place.

Zaporozhye NPP — the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, it is located in Energodar, Zaporozhye region of Ukraine. The southern and central parts of the region, in particular Energodar and the territory of the nuclear power plant itself, are controlled by the Russian military. The station is served by the Ukrainian side.

After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the parties repeatedly accused each other of shelling the territory of the nuclear power plant. At a meeting of the UN Security Council in August, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, citing preliminary findings, said there was no immediate threat to nuclear security, but warned that the situation could change at any moment. He urged to allow the IAEA mission to the nuclear power plant as soon as possible.

Moscow also insists that IAEA specialists visit the plant, however, according to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, “the Western community, of course, together with the Kyiv regime, do everything to prevent this.

The G7 countries, in turn, said that the presence of Russian military personnel prevents the trip of specialists to nuclear power plants.

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