PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, SEP 18 – PRIME. IAEA experts are well aware of who is shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and transmit the necessary information to the agency’s headquarters in Vienna, but then a political component is added to the statements, said Alexei Likhachev, director general of the state corporation Rosatom.
“They are literate and educated people, they perfectly understand what is really happening, where and what comes from,” Likhachev said in an interview with Pavel Zarubin in the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on the Rossiya 1 TV channel.
“It is clear that they are transmitting this information online to Vienna. At some stage, a political component is added, a component, but the political component around the Zaporozhye station is about the same as around the special military operation as a whole,” the head added. Rosatom.
Zaporozhye NPP, located on the left bank of the Dnieper near Energodar, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity. Since March, it has been under the protection of the Russian military. Against the backdrop of regular shelling of Energodar, the surrounding villages and the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP adjacent to the city by the Ukrainian military, the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized the justification for the Russian military to take the plant under protection from the point of view of preventing leaks of nuclear and radioactive materials.
In early September, an IAEA mission headed by Director General Rafael Grossi arrived at the ZNPP. The head of the delegation of “Rosatom” and employees of the Zaporizhzhya NPP led the delegation of the agency through its territory and showed the sections of the station that had been damaged during the shelling of Ukrainian troops. Two IAEA employees remained at ZNPP on a permanent basis. As a result of the visit of the mission, the IAEA published a report in which it confirmed the fact of shelling of the ZNPP.
Last Thursday, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution demanding that Russia “immediately cease actions against and at the ZNPP.” There were 26 votes in favor of the resolution, two against, and seven abstained. This anti-Russian resolution does not say a word about the systematic shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Permanent Mission of Russia to international organizations in Vienna said. The resolution has no operational implications, it is of a political and propaganda nature, Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the IAEA, told RIA Novosti.