IAEA head Grossi to meet with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

12 January, 03:20 AM
Rafael Grossi (Photo:Anna Voitenko / Reuters)

Rafael Grossi (Photo:Anna Voitenko / Reuters)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi will travel to Ukraine next week to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Grossi told Italian broadcaster RaiNews on Jan. 11.

He said that the Russians are “playing with fire” with their continued occupation of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) – which is why Grossi wants an agreement between Ukraine and Russia to demilitarize the plant.

"This agreement is not impossible because nobody is interested in a nuclear accident, not even the Russians," Grossi said.

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Besides Zelenskyy, IAEA head plans to meet with OM Denis Shmyhal and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Afterwards, Grossi will visit Russia.

“The Ukrainian station, but under Russian control is the reality,” he added.

“And I have to work with both of them.”

Earlier it was reported that IAEA would send monitoring missions to all Ukrainian nuclear power plants to monitor safety of the facilities throughout Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

On Dec. 22, Grossi announced that negotiations with Russia about establishing a “safe zone” around occupied ZNPP have resumed.

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