Negotiations with Kiev and Moscow on the establishment of a safe zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant continue. but at the same time The director of the United Nations nuclear watchdog is warning about potential consequences. Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine
“We cannot continue to count on good fortune to avoid a nuclear accident,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi told CNN on Wednesday.
Grossi said talks are underway. “Move forward,” but “this is an active combat zone. So achieving the agreed parameters for this is not an easy thing to do.”
The IAEA director said he met the Russian delegation in Turkey on Wednesday and spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday. Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“I am consulting with both of them. I would disagree with the assessment that we are not progressing. I think we are,” Grossi said. “Of course we are talking about something very difficult. This is war. This is real war. And the defense zone that I propose is the front line. In the line where the two enemies are communicating.”
“But we are moving forward, I believe, and I hope that a traumatic episode like this past weekend might help us move forward. In the sense that people must realize that we cannot continue to rely on luck to avoid nuclear accidents ” ,” he said.
When asked who was “playing with fire”, citing Grossi’s remarks on Sunday following the deadly explosions that rocked nuclear plants Saturday and Sunday, Grossi said, “It’s very difficult for us to identify from within the plant. Who did that?” “Anyway, our main goal is to stop this. Not to get into the attribution game.”
later on wednesday this factory It “was no longer able to access external power” and instead resorted to emergency diesel generators for the power needed to cool the reactor and other essential operations, the IAEA said in a statement.