Speaking by phone, the two leaders expressed readiness for a “non-politicised interaction” on the matter with the participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the statement published on the Kremlin’s website. Story by the Express
“The Russian side drew attention to regular Ukrainian attacks on the plant’s facilities, including radioactive waste storage, which is fraught with catastrophic consequences,” it said.
Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of shelling the plant, risking a nuclear disaster. Operations at the plant were fully stopped on Sunday as a safety measure.
The two men also discussed global food security issues.
Putin told President Macron it was important for the European Union not to hinder supplies of Russian food and fertilisers to Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, according to the Kremlin.
State agency Energoatom had earlier said it halted operations at the plant as a safety step.
The plant “is completely stopped” after the agency disconnected the number 6 power unit from the grid at 3:41 am, it said in a statement.
“Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state.”
Kyiv on Wednesday called for residents of Russian-occupied areas around the plant, Europe’s largest, to evacuate for their own safety.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for the surrounding area to be demilitarised.
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