Talks are underway with Kyiv and Moscow on establishing a safety zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – but in the meantime the director of the UN nuclear watchdog is warning about the possible consequences.
“We cannot continue to rely on luck to avoid a nuclear accident,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi told CNN on Wednesday.
Grossi said negotiations are “moving forward” but “this is an active war zone, so it’s not an easy task to get agreed parameters for that.”
The IAEA director said he met with a Russian delegation in Turkey on Wednesday and spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Koliba on Tuesday.
“I’ve been consulting with both. I wouldn’t agree with the assessment that we’re not making progress, I think we are,” Grossi said. “Of course, we’re talking about something that’s very difficult. It’s war. It’s real war and the protection zone I’m proposing is right on the front line, on the line where the two adversaries are among themselves.”
“But we’re moving forward, I believe, and I hope that the traumatic episodes of last weekend can paradoxically help us move forward, in the sense that people need to understand that We cannot continue to rely on luck to avoid a nuclear accident,” he said.
Asked who was “playing with fire,” Grossi said, referring to his remarks from Sunday after the powerful explosions at the nuclear power plant on Saturday and Sunday, Grossi said, “For us, the plant It’s very difficult to identify from within who is doing this,” he said, adding, “Well, our main goal is to stop it, not to get into the attribution game.”
Later on Wednesday, the plant “once again lost access to external power” and was instead relying on its emergency diesel generators for reactor cooling and other essential functions, the IAEA said in a statement. was