Vladimir Putin tells Emmanuel Macron he is ready for “non-political communication” at the Zaporizhia plant

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone about the security situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine and declared their readiness for “non-political communication” with the participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). announced Sunday Kremlin.

Moscow’s statement did not provide further details, but the phrase “apolitical contact” could indicate the availability of negotiations of a technical nature, with the mediation of the IAEA, for example, in the case of a transit agreement. Cereals in the Black Sea.

“The Russian side drew attention to Ukraine’s regular attacks on ZNPP plant facilities, including the radioactive waste storage facility, with the risk of catastrophic consequences. The Russian President reported on the measures taken by Russian experts to ensure the physical security of the plant and stressed the need to influence the authorities in Kiev to immediately stop the bombing of the plant. A mutual desire was expressed for a non-political communication on the situation surrounding the ZNPP plant with the participation of the IAEA,” the Kremlin statement said.

The president in Moscow says the conversation took place at the initiative of the French side.

The Elysee Palace has not yet sent any statement on this conversation between Emmanuel Macron and the Russian leader, announcing instead that Emmanuel Macron He spoke on Saturday With Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has been occupied by the Russians since March and the security situation there is increasingly fragile. “The situation is very alarming. (The two presidents) expressed their support for the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency and shared the same demand for the withdrawal of Russian forces from the region to guarantee the safety and security of nuclear facilities,” the Elysee’s statement said.

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Energoatom, the Ukrainian operator of the plant (ZNPP), announced in a press release on Sunday that the plant’s operations have been completely shut down as a safety measure. The plant was “totally shut down” at 3:41 am (00:41 GMT) after Energottam Unit 6 was disconnected from the power grid. “Preparations are being made to convert it to cooling and refrigeration,” Enerkottam added. The company said Saturday it had restored a connection to a power system it said had been hit by Russian bombing to operational capacity, allowing the plant to run from the Ukrainian energy system.

Author: Luana Pavaluka

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