ARCHIVE – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a video conference at Moscow’s Kremlin. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP/dpa
Russia was interested in the IAEA mission and was involved in its preparation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday in Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency. “Russia is open to cooperation.”
At the same time, according to the state agency TASS, Peskov assured that the inspectors were safe. “As for the areas controlled by Russia, (the mission) will be guaranteed the necessary security.” However, the visit will not deal with the question of a possible demilitarized zone around the power plant in south-eastern Ukraine.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi had previously announced that the international inspectors would travel to the power plant. The day had come, the support and aid mission to Zaporizhia was on its way. “We must protect the safety of the largest nuclear facility in Ukraine and Europe,” he wrote on Twitter.
A trip by IAEA experts has been under discussion for months, but has so far failed due to a lack of security guarantees and disputes about the modalities of the visit. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe with six reactors has been occupied by Russian troops since March. The area is repeatedly shelled, for which Russia and Ukraine accuse each other. The international community fears a possible nuclear accident. (SDA)