BERLIN, 29 Aug – PRIME. The G7 participants welcomed the IAEA-led mission to the Zaporizhia NPP and called for safe and unhindered access to all of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities for its staff.
“The G7 Nonproliferation Group welcomes the IAEA-led mission announced by Director General Rafael Grossi for 29 August 2022 to address the nuclear safety, security and safeguards issues around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. We also welcome the efforts of UN Secretary General Guterres to provide the necessary support this mission,” the statement said.
The G7 participants also declared “the full and unwavering support of the IAEA”.
The statement notes that IAEA staff should be able to access all nuclear facilities in Ukraine in a timely, “safe and unhindered manner” and interact directly and without hindrance with Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of these facilities, who should be allowed to carry out their duties without threats and pressure and who should be able to obtain information relating to all necessary technical elements relating to nuclear safety and security at these facilities.”
Earlier Monday, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that an IAEA mission headed by the agency’s director general was on its way to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.