According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the governments of Russia and Ukraine are “ready” to cooperate on the security of nuclear facilities in the war zone. “We had good talks, not easy talks, but serious talks,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said after returning from talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Russian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Sergey Lavrov, in Turkey on Thursday.
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“Both sides agree that something has to be done,” he said. “Both parties are ready to cooperate and engage with the IAEA.” He said he would try to come up with “something more concrete” in the next few days. “This is a very serious situation and we must act quickly.”
Earlier, the IAEA had warned that it had lost contact with surveillance systems at the Chernobyl nuclear ruins captured by Russian troops. Since communication with Ukrainian staff on site was no longer working, even by email, the IAEA could not say whether a power outage at the ruins had been repaired in the meantime.
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The UN authority also stated on Thursday that it was no longer receiving any monitoring data from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Zaporizhia. A fire broke out there after a Russian attack a week ago.
Due to the war, it is currently not possible to bring the necessary spare parts, equipment or specialists to Zaporizhia to carry out the planned repairs, the IAEA said.
Ukraine has four active nuclear power plants, which provide about half of the country’s electricity, as well as nuclear waste storage facilities like the one at Chernobyl. (AFP)