Lavrov talks about what Russia will do in “Nuclear Zaporizhia”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia is doing everything possible to ensure the safe operation of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and to ensure inspectors in visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency can complete their tasks.

Speaking at an event in Moscow, Lavrov said: “We are doing everything possible to ensure that this station is safe and that it works. in safety. And so that the mission there will implement all its plans “.

Russian forces captured the station in March, which has been subject to frequent attacks in recent weeks, raising fears of a nuclear disaster.

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the facility.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow is ready to ensure the safety of the International Atomic Energy Agency mission at the Zaporizhia plant, noting that the situation in the vicinity of Zaporizhia is “difficult”, but is under control. .

For his part, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, announced that his team will continue to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, despite information about strikes against the road leading to the station.

“We are aware of the current situation. There were military activities, even this morning, a few minutes ago,” Grossi told reporters from the city of Zaporizhia, about 120 km from the station, before the convoy left for this facility. .

He added: “We will immediately begin assessing the security situation at the station.”

His comments arrive in one moment in Ukrainian authorities accused Russia on Thursday of bombing the city of Energodar, where the Zaporizhia station is located, while Moscow confirmed that the “saboteurs” sent from Kiev tried to take over this facility.

Before his team set out to cross the front line into Russian-controlled territory, Grossi said: “We realize there is aarea gray where the last Ukrainian line of defense is located and the first line of the Russian occupation forces begins, and where the risks are great “.

He continued: “I think we have to move forward with this. We have a very important task that we have to accomplish.”