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The G7 countries, which brings together some of the main world powers, have demanded this Wednesday that Russian forces withdraw “immediately” from the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, because they consider that their control of this plant “puts the region at risk”.
The foreign ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, say that both the plant and other areas occupied by Russian forces must return to their “legitimate” owner, Ukraine.
In the case of Zaporiyia facilities, the scene even of shelling, the powers believe that the risk of an atomic accident has “significantly” increased, which would endanger not only the Ukrainian population, but also that of neighboring countries and even the entire international community.
The ministers also took the opportunity to express their support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is also concerned about the situation of the Ukrainian power plants. In this regard, they called for the dispatch of a mission of experts to rule out any risk arising from the recent escalation of tensions.
“IAEA personnel must be able to access all Ukrainian nuclear facilities safely and without hindrance and to contact directly and without interference the Ukrainian personnel responsible for operating these facilities,” the signatory countries have demanded.