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French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the safety of Ukraine’s nuclear power plants on Sunday, according to a Kremlin reading of the call between the two leaders.
When Macron expressed concern about the safety of nuclear power plants, Putin responded about what he called “the staged provocation by Ukrainian radicals in the area of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with the involvement of ‘a sabotage group’, according to the reading. .
“Russian troops are cooperating with Ukrainian personnel and continue to ensure the operation of the nuclear power plant in normal mode and the radioactive background remains normal,” Putin said, according to the reading.
He added that these details had been officially confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“The physical and nuclear security of the plant is well protected,” the statement said.
The statement also noted that the Russian armed forces are “monitoring the Chernobyl nuclear power plant” to ensure that there are no “provocations with catastrophic consequences by neo-Nazis or Ukrainian terrorists”.
When Macron inquired about the idea of holding a trilateral meeting (IAEA-Russia-Ukraine) in the Chernobyl zone to ensure the safety of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, Putin said: “In principle, this idea could be useful , but it would be worth considering. whether such a meeting should be held by videoconference or in a third country.”
The two leaders also raised the question of the evacuation of the civilian population from the areas of clashes. Putin accused Ukraine of not respecting “the agreements reached on such an acute humanitarian problem”.
The Kremlin reading also said that “Ukrainian nationalists did not allow the evacuation of these cities. And the pause in hostilities was again used to strengthen forces and means in their positions.”