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IAEA fails to agree on safety zone around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Thursday, 23 March 2023, 18:12


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has abandoned creating a demilitarised zone around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Source: IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, Deutsche Welle reports


Details: Negotiations on the safety zone lasted eight months.

According to Grossi, it is now a matter of cessation of hostilities near the nuclear power plant.

Quote: "We are well aware of the additional difficulties this [the creation of the zone – ed.] will bring, especially in the area of active hostilities.

It will be extremely difficult to conduct the verification process; more than one mile from the demilitarised zone, the area will be highly militarised. Therefore, we do not consider it anymore," Grossi said.

Quote: "I came to the conclusion that for various reasons, the territorial issue for Ukraine can also be considered as a legitimisation of the Russian presence," he explained the reasons for stopping the negotiations.


The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine stated that Ukraine’s position on the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) remains unchanged; the negotiations are ongoing, but the Russians are not coming up with anything constructive in these negotiations. 

Rafael Grossi, the Director General of the IAEA, stated that there is a viable solution for the safe operation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP temporarily seized by the Russians, which requires international support.

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