8 Aug 2022 17:38

Russia did everything necessary weeks ago for IAEA delegation visit to Zaporizhzhya NPP - Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Aug 8 (Interfax) - Russia has done everything necessary for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delegation to visit the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"We have taken note of the IAEA director general's resolve to follow through with a previously planned visit to the Zaporizhzhya NPP. We consider it necessary to point out once again that Russia did everything necessary for a successful visit several weeks ago," Zakharova said in a commentary published on the Foreign Ministry official website on Monday.

Russia "has been urging the international community for a long time and at different levels to strongly denounce the unending military strikes" upon the Zaporizhzhya NPP, she said.

"The situation is obviously becoming increasingly more dangerous from day to day, and this cannot be ignored. We have regularly provided the IAEA with updated reports from the site," she said.

Earlier, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed concern about the attacks on the Zaporizhzhya NPP and the readiness to lead a mission of IAEA safety, security and safeguards experts to the site.

The Enerhodar authorities have reported several attacks on the Zaporizhzhya NPP and the infrastructure used by plant personnel.

The Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. It operates six VVER-1000 reactor units, the first of which was put in operation in December 1984 and the sixth in October 1995.

Currently, Russian forces are partially in control of the Zaporizhzhya region as a result of the special military operation in Ukraine.