President of Ukraine

Head of State met with IAEA Director General

13 June 2023 - 20:20

Head of State met with IAEA Director General

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi, who is visiting our country pursuant to the agreements reached during the phone call between the Head of State and the IAEA Director General on June 6.

"I am glad to welcome you. Thank you for your presence in Ukraine. For responding quickly to the challenges," the President said.

The Head of State emphasized that as a result of Russia's deliberate blowing up of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam, which is the largest crime of ecocide of our time, the risks to the security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant have significantly increased. Therefore, a quick and decisive response from the international community to this brazen terrorist act is essential.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy positively noted the presence of the Agency's inspectors at the ZNPP, illegally occupied by Russia, and welcomed Rafael Grossi's intention to personally visit the plant to assess the situation on the ground.

The Head of State once again emphasized that the only way to prevent a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia NPP is its complete demilitarization, de-occupation and restoration of control over the plant by Ukraine.

During the meeting, the parties discussed specific steps to be taken to minimize risks and prevent incidents at the ZNPP, as well as ways to cooperate with the IAEA to this end.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy supported Rafael Grossi's proposal to send a group of IAEA experts to Ukraine to assess the consequences of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant explosion and prepare proposals for specific areas of assistance to overcome them. He emphasized that this mission would be fully facilitated by the Ukrainian institutions involved.