Over 30 countries call on Russia to return full control over Zaporizhzhya NPP to Ukraine
ZNPP is under the occupation of Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
The European Union and its member states are calling on Russia to return full control over the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to its rightful owner, Ukraine, according to a statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting on March 9.
EU member states, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, and Ukraine support the statement.
Every one of the “seven indispensable pillars for ensuring nuclear safety and security in an armed conflict” has been compromised as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
“Many near-misses have taken place,” the statement says.
“A nuclear accident, with all its radiological consequences has so far been avoided, largely thanks to the resilience and dedication of the Ukrainian operating staff.”
The European Union and its member states said they will never recognize Russia’s attempted illegal seizure of the ZNPP.
“We stress the importance of the IAEA’s continued presence at all of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, which was achieved in January with the financial support of the European Union and its member states,” the EU said.
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