Vladimir Putin's talks with Emmanuel Macron in the Kremlin, February 7, 2022 Putin warned Macron about the risk of «catastrophe»
Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of the ongoing shelling of the nuclear plant
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the shelling of the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the responsibility for which the Kremlin placed on Kyiv could lead to a large-scale catastrophe.
Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of shelling Europe's largest nuclear power plant, which was seized by Russia in March but is still operated by Ukrainian specialists. Only two of the facility's six reactors are operating.
“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the systematic shelling of the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant by the Ukrainian military creates the risk of a large-scale catastrophe that could lead to radiation contamination of vast territories,” the statement says. in a Kremlin press release following a conversation reportedly initiated by Macron.
Ukraine and Russia accused each other of planning provocations at nuclear power plants. Kyiv said that Russian forces plan to disconnect the facility from the Ukrainian energy system and connect it to the Russian one.
The Kremlin said that Putin and Macron stressed the importance of sending an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation to the station as soon as possible.
Putin confirmed Russia's readiness to provide the necessary assistance to IAEA inspectors, the Kremlin said.
During the conversation, Putin also informed Macron about the remaining obstacles to the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets.