President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi, who is on a working visit to Ukraine.
The Head of State emphasized the active role of the IAEA in resolving issues related to nuclear safety that is extremely important against the background of the war launched by Russia against our country. The President emphasized the inadmissibility of continuation of shelling of Ukrainian nuclear energy facilities by the Russian aggressor.
In this regard, Volodymyr Zelenskyy commended the deployment of the Agency's inspectors at Ukrainian NPPs: "I know that our teams are working to strengthen the safety of nuclear infrastructure. Thank you for the positive decision to deploy inspectors at our nuclear power plants. This is very important.”
The President of Ukraine expressed hope that such IAEA missions would prevent further shelling of Ukrainian NPPs by Russia.
Special attention was paid to the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which is still under temporary Russian occupation.
The Head of State noted the importance of the efforts of the IAEA Director General aimed at explaining to the member-states of the Agency the violations of nuclear safety standards by the aggressor and explaining to the world community the necessity of the speedy de-occupation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
The President of Ukraine also noted the need for the presence of IAEA inspectors at ZNPP and emphasized that the Ukrainian side is doing everything to ensure their safety.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of demilitarizing the plant and withdrawing all Russian representatives from it without exception. The President emphasized that Ukraine would continue discussing this issue exclusively with the IAEA.
During the meeting, it was agreed to continue cooperation between Ukraine and the Agency to further strengthen nuclear safety in our country against the backdrop of the ongoing hostilities.