Moscow called the position of the IAEA leadership politicized and factually incorrect
In a resolution passed by its board of directors on Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reportedly “deplored” Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia denounced the document, calling it politicized and factually incorrect.
The resolution, which has yet to be released, apparently calls on Russia to allow Ukrainian authorities to regain control of its nuclear sites. Moscow says the claim that they are not already checking is incorrect.
There were allegations that Russian troops had occupied the site of the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant as they moved from Belarus to Kiev. The Russian Defense Ministry denied them, saying Ukrainian guards remained in command of the facility.
On March 1, Reuters previewed the damning draft resolution, drafted by Poland and Canada on behalf of Ukraine.
The news that the resolution had passed, with only two votes against at the 35-member council session, was welcomed by Ukraine. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed in a tweet that it showed the world was “United against the actions of Russia, which threaten Ukraine and all of Europe”.
Russia’s representative to the IAEA, Mikhail Ulyanov, blasted the document, saying it contained “intentional politically motivated lies and errors”. In particular, the claim that Ukrainian authorities did not control the country’s nuclear sites was false, the official said in a series of tweets.
the #IAEA BoG res.calls on RF to create conditions for the competent Ukrainian authorities to regain full control of nuclear facilities. There is nothing to gain because these authorities exercise total control. Sponsors of the Res. are either ignorant or intentionally lying
— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) March 3, 2022
Moscow was convinced that “countries whose population exceeds half of humanity refused to support the resolution”, Ulyanov added.
China confirmed that it had voted against the resolution. His representative, Wang Qun, said the document “obviously” exceeded the agency’s mandate to oversee nuclear security, and that by adopting the resolution it had undermined the position of the IAEA as a professional and apolitical organization.
The diplomat complained that some nations had “forcibly pushed” the draft and rejected suggestions submitted by other board members on how to improve the document.
Earlier Thursday, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi confirmed to reporters that all security measures taken by the agency in Ukraine remain intact.
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