The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Energodar. Archive photo
The Director General of the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said that the risk of an accident at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant cannot be excluded.
“The object is functional, but with difficulty, so that in the present circumstances the scenario of the accident cannot be ruled out. Constant power failures, problems with spent fuel,” said Grossi in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde.
He also added that the IAEA had considered the risks of nuclear accidents at nuclear power plants, but did not expect that the major NPP will be in the center of a large-scale confrontation with the use of conventional weapons.
The head of the IAEA on Thursday met with President of France Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The parties discussed the situation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, and the modality of the expert mission, which will go there. France and the IAEA received security guarantees from Russia and Ukraine to send the mission of the Agency at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, said on Friday the French President.
Russia’s envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said earlier that it is not against the presence of IAEA experts on a permanent basis at Zaporizhzhya. The Russian foreign Ministry said that the IAEA has still not arrived at the station due to “unscrupulous” games the UN Secretariat.
Earlier, the leaders of France and Russia in a phone conversation, noted the importance of emergency dispatch at nuclear power plants IAEA mission. As stated at the Elysee Palace, according to AFP, Putin “has revised the requirement” that the mission of the IAEA experts arrived at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Russia agreed to the arrival of the experts through Ukraine.
Zaporizhzhya is located on the left Bank of the Dnieper near the Enerhodar. It is the largest by number of units and installed capacity of nuclear power plants in Europe. Since March she is under the protection of the Russian military. The Russian foreign Ministry stressed the propriety of taking the Russian military under the protection of the plant from the point of view of preventing leakage of nuclear and radioactive materials. The Ukrainian military continue to regularly fire Energodar, surrounding villages and adjacent to the city the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP.