The pinnacle of the U.N.’s atomic energy watchdog met with Russian officers in Kaliningrad on Wednesday for negotiations on the protection of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, at present held by Russian forces.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi’s journey to the Russian exclave got here per week after he visited the plant, which is the most important nuclear energy plant in Europe.
“I met excessive stage officers from a number of Russian businesses in Kaliningrad,” Grossi mentioned on Twitter. “I proceed my efforts to guard the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant,” he mentioned, emphasizing that this was “in everybody’s curiosity.”
The pinnacle of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, was among the many officers Grossi met, in response to a press release by Russia’s state nuclear company. Likhachev knowledgeable Grossi of “the steps which are being taken by the Russian aspect to make sure the protected operation of the ZNPP,” whereas expressing that the Russian aspect is “prepared” to work on implementing initiatives put ahead by Grossi.
The Kremlin’s forces took over the plant after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy opposes any proposal that might legitimize Russia’s management.
On his go to to the plant final week, Grossi mentioned he was “making an attempt to organize and suggest life like measures that will probably be accredited by all events.” The rising fight makes it pressing to discover a solution to stop a doubtlessly catastrophic nuclear accident on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant, he pressured.
Interruptions to the surface electrical energy provide as a result of preventing required plant personnel to modify to emergency diesel generators six instances throughout the 13-month conflict.