26 May 2022 13:22

IAEA administration in touch with Russia and Ukraine regarding possible visit to Zaporizhzhya NPP - Peskov

MOSCOW. May 26 (Interfax) - The administration of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in touch with both Russia and Ukraine regarding a possible visit to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which today is under the control of the Russian Armed Forces, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

When asked to what extent the prospect of senior IAEA officials' visit to this key strategic facility is realistic, Peskov said, "The agency is in touch both with the Ukrainian side and the Russian side regarding the organization of this trip."

The IAEA director general said earlier that he would like to have access to the Zaporizhzhya NPP as there is information that materials intended to make nuclear weapons are allegedly stored at the facility.

Arranging such a visit will encounter certain problems, Peskov said.

"Naturally, the organization of such a trip is accompanied by the need to resolve a whole range of logistics and technical issues - from which side to enter, from which territory, through which crossing points, on what transport, etc. All of these details have yet to be finalized," Peskov said.

When commenting on a specific date for this visit, Peskov said, "Contacts are ongoing. Work is underway."