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Ukraine interested in continuing IAEA mission at ZNPP until plant completely de-occupied

KYIV. March 31 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine is interested in continuing the IAEA mission at the Zaporizhia NPP at least until the station is returned under its control, acting Chairman of the State Nuclear Regulation Inspectorate of Ukraine Oleh Korikov said at a briefing at the Ukraine Media Center – Ukrinform on Friday.

“We are very interested in the continuation of the IAEA mission. Firstly, the IAEA mission is implemented at the invitation of Ukraine. Secondly, the Ukrainian side receives data on the state of equipment and systems that are at the disposal of the IAEA,” he said.

According to Korikov, it is extremely important that the IAEA is at the ZNPP precisely on the terms of the Ukrainian side.

“This creates a certain pressure on the occupiers, who are not used to working under conditions of such constant monitoring and who have seized the plant by force of arms,” the head of the inspectorate added.

He added that Ukraine’s position on this issue coincides with the position of IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, who also believes that the IAEA mission at the ZNPP should continue “as long as necessary.”

Korikov also expressed his conviction that the Russian Federation would be deprived of its rights and privileges in the IAEA, as an occupying country that had completely violated the norms of international nuclear safety.

“Unfortunately, today an international consensus on this decision has not been reached. However, the relevant resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors regarding the de-occupation of the ZNPP were unequivocally supported, and we are convinced that the international consensus will strengthen and we will also come to the decision to deprive the Russian Federation of rights and privileges in the IAEA,” the head of the inspectorate said.