Russia reiterated on Tuesday before the UN Security Council its allegations that Ukraine had manufactured a “dirty bomb” and said it “doubts” the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to prove. the opposite.
At the initiative of Russia, which sent a message on the matter to both the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General, the UN Security Council discussed on Tuesday in a meeting behind closed doors on Russia’s accusations that Ukraine is manufacturing a “dirty bomb”, allegations denied by Kiev and the West.
“We believe it is a serious danger and a serious threat,” Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said after the meeting.
“Ukraine has the capacity and motivation to do so, because (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s regime wants to avoid defeat and wants to involve NATO in a direct confrontation with Russia “, he added.
Moscow first made these allegations on Sunday during telephone conversations between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his US, French, British and Turkish counterparts, citing “possible provocations by Ukraine using a dirty bomb”.
Monday, United States, Great Britain and France, in a joint statement, they rejected the “falseRussian accusations. “The world will not be stupid if an attempt is made to use this claim as a pretext for escalation,” the statement said.
At the end of the Security Council meeting, British Deputy Ambassador James Kariuki said: “We have not seen or heard any news prove in this private meeting “, denouncing the” Russian disinformation “.
“Ukraine has nothing to hide and IAEA inspectors are on their way,” he added.
At the request of Kiev, which has requested the sending of experts, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday that it will send experts “in the next few days”.
In this context, Polyansky said: “I really doubt that he can be absolutely certain that there will be no such activities, even after this visit”, adding that “it is very difficult to monitor the activities aimed at making these dirty bombs”.
A radioactive bomb, or “dirty bomb”, contains conventional explosives surrounded by radioactive material that disperses in dust during detonation.
Two more Security Council meetings are planned this week at the request of Russia. The first Wednesday to explain the reasons for the UN’s refusal to investigate the rallies the West accused Iran of providing to Moscow in its war against Ukraine, and the second Thursday to discuss the Russian allegations of the presence of weapons biological in Ukraine .
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