The EU and 42 countries have called on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and from all over Ukraine.
According to Ukrinform, a joint statement dated August 12 on the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was published on Sunday on the website of the EU Delegation to International Organizations in Vienna.
“We urge the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw its military forces and any other unauthorized personnel from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, its immediate surroundings and all of Ukraine so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and legitimate operating personnel can perform their duties without outside interference, threat or unacceptable working conditions,” the statement read.
He added that it would also allow “the IAEA to carry out its verification in accordance with Ukraine’s safeguards obligations under safe and secure conditions and in a timely manner”.
The EU and 42 countries stressed that the deployment of Russian military personnel and weapons in the nuclear facility “is unacceptable and disregards the principles of safety, security and safeguards that all members of the IAEA are committed to respect”.
They also expressed their support for the work of the IAEA and its Director General to assist Ukraine in the areas of nuclear safety, security and the implementation of safeguards during the ongoing war of aggression. Russia against Ukraine, “while respecting full Ukrainian sovereignty over its territory and infrastructure”. .”
“We strongly condemn Russia’s use of disinformation to attempt to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The international community will hold Russia accountable for its aggression, and Russia must take full responsibility for its illegal actions in Ukraine.” , indicates the document.
The statement was issued on behalf of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, as well as the Union European.
Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Russian forces captured the station on March 4. Since then, the invaders have placed military equipment and ammunition there.
Russian forces have regularly bombed the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant since August 5.