Russia on IAEA's visit to Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor via Kyiv: "Too dangerous"
(MENAFN) A senior Russian diplomat was quoted by Russian news outlets as stating on Tuesday that any expedition by the UN's nuclear agency to investigate Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia facility cannot pass through the capital Kyiv because it is too risky.
"Imagine what it means to pass through Kyiv – it means they get to the nuclear plant through the front line," RIA news agency cited Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy head of the foreign ministry's nuclear proliferation and arms control department as informing reporters.
"This is a huge risk, given that Ukraine's armed forces are not all made up in the same way," Igor also highlighted.
The UN Secretary has determined that it had the logistical and security capabilities to be able to support any IAEA expedition to the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant from Kyiv, according to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Monday in New York.
According to Vishnevetsky, any such mission could only focus on the "compliance of IAEA guarantees," and had no authority to address Kyiv's demand for the "demilitarization" of the plant.
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