The United Nations (UN) has the logistics and security capabilities to support a visit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant if both Russia and Ukraine agree, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric announced on Monday.
“The UN Secretariat has no authority to block or cancel any IAEA activities,” he added.
Mr Dujarric was responding to an accusation by Russia that UN security has blocked a visit by IAEA inspectors to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which Russia seized in March following its invasion of Ukraine.
He said that “in close contact with the IAEA, the UN Secretariat has assessed that it has in Ukraine the logistics and security capacity to be able to support any IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant from Kyiv.”
Note to correspondents on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine: https://t.co/uKjMZbj8fB— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 15, 2022
He also spoke with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday about the conditions for the safe operations of the facility, the United Nations and Russia reported.
.@antonioguterres discussed by phone with Russian Defence Minister Shoigu safety at Zaporizhzhia NPP & also the fact-finding mission in relation to the Olenivka prison as well UN initiatives to facilitate exports of Russian food and fertilizers. 👇👇👇https://t.co/3TrXB0vIMp— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 15, 2022