The heads of “Atomic Energy” and Rosatom are discussing in Istanbul the state of the Zaporizhia plant

Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom and the International Atomic Energy Agency said in statements that the heads of the two entities met in Istanbul to discuss the situation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine.

RIA Novosti quoted Rosatom as saying the two sides agreed to continue cooperation and dialogue on Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

Renewed bombings over the weekend, for which Moscow and Kiev have exchanged blame, have reignited fears of a possible nuclear disaster at the site.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Ukraine should be asked to withdraw what it described as its heavy weapons from thearea around the Zaporizhya nuclear power plant. Peskov also asked, in statements reported by “Sputnik”, to stop what Moscow calls the Ukrainian bombing of the station, the largest in Europe.

Russia and Ukraine on Monday accused each other of being responsible for at least 12 explosions near Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the Feb. 24 military operation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on NATO members to ensure protection from “Russian sabotage” of nuclear facilities.

The IAEA said Grossi spoke to world leaders and stressed to them the need to create a nuclear safety buffer zone around Zaporizhia.

Rosatom has controlled the plant through a subsidiary since President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia in October to formally take over the plant and transfer Ukrainian employees to a Russian entity.

Kyiv controls the territory off the Zaporizhia station, on the other bank of the Dnipro River.

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