EU Wants Continued IAEA Presence At Zaporizhzhia Nuke Power Plant
European Council President Charles Michel said the European Union (EU) fully supports the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and said nuclear inspectors must stay at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Photo Insert: “Russia has put the world in danger. Ensuring nuclear safety and security is key: Continued IAEA presence at the plant is necessary,” said EU President Charles Michel.
“Russia has put the world in danger. Ensuring nuclear safety and security is key: Continued IAEA presence at the plant is necessary,” Michel told Ukraine Daily.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Turkey could act as a facilitator in negotiating an acceptable deal on the status of the nuclear plant, which Ukraine wants to be demilitarized to prevent a nuclear disaster. Earlier, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said Zaporizhzhia's integrity was violated several times.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of wanting to ‘intimidate all of Europe’ with energy blackmail. In his video address, Zelensky said Russia is increasing its pressure on Europe by stopping its gas transit through the Nord Stream pipeline.
"Russia is preparing to deliver a decisive energy blow against all Europeans. Russia wants to destroy the normal life of every European citizen." Russian gas giant Gazprom halted gas supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline on Aug. 31 for an indefinite period.
The IAEA also reported that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has again been disconnected to Ukraine’s power grid. IAEA added that less than two days after the main team of its inspection mission left the plant, its last remaining external power line is down.
The plant continues to supply electricity to the grid through a reserve line.
“One reactor is still operating and producing electricity both for cooling and other essential safety functions,” the agency noted. Russia, which has been attacking Ukrainian positions from the power plant, has been accused of using it as a shield and a tool of blackmail.