EU ‘blatantly lies’ about threat to Zaporozhye nuclear power plant – Moscow – Reuters

Brussels’ claim that Russia is the one threatening the facility allows Kyiv to obstruct an IAEA inspection, Russian Foreign Ministry says

Accusations that Moscow is jeopardizing the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP) contradict the facts and allow kyiv to undermine the International Atomic Energy Agency’s efforts to inspect the facility, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. Foreign Affairs.

Russia’s response comes after the EU issued a statement on Sunday condemning the “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine” and accusing the Russian military of attacking the ZNPP and preventing the maintenance of nuclear and radiological security at the facility.

“Western countries are once again falling into outright lies, claiming that the threats against the ZNPP are created by Russia,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

“Obviously, this contradicts the facts that we have cited on several occasions, including in the Security Council. It is undeniable that the attacks on the station and Energodar are carried out by Ukrainian armed groups acting on orders from kyiv.

Zakharova went on to suggest that the EU statement was marked by “biased information stuffing” and full of “Blatant Russophobia and distorted facts. She noted that the authors of the text were obsessed with the so-called “The Russian Threat” and used it to cover up their own foreign policy failures by putting “Russophobic foreign policy views above objectivity and non-proliferation and nuclear security tasks.”

The spokeswoman also pointed out that such statements were used by European politicians to mark “imaginary political points” while giving kyiv the green light to create obstacles to an inspection of the plant by the IAEA.

“We strongly urge Washington, Brussels and other, mainly European, capitals to put an end to irresponsible games and intrigues around the ZNPP and to immediately influence the Kyiv authorities to force them to stop bombing the plant and its adjacent territories,” Zakharova said, adding that Moscow is in close cooperation with the IAEA and will do whatever is necessary to allow its specialists access to the power plant.

Located in the Russian city of Energodar in southern Ukraine, the Zaporozhye facility – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant – has been the target of a series of attacks in recent weeks. Moscow has accused kyiv of launching artillery and drone strikes on the facility, calling the operations “nuclear terrorism”. Ukraine, however, claims Russia is the one targeting the plant in a plot to discredit kyiv forces, also claiming that Moscow has stationed troops at the facility to “protect” them from harm.

The UN called the attacks “suicidal” and offered to send an IAEA delegation to the site to provide “technical support” and help avoid further escalation.

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