Russia is ready to discuss the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Russia's state-owned nuclear energy monopoly Rosatom said Tuesday.
Moscow is ready to negotiate "ensuring nuclear safety” and “understanding the development of the situation at the plant" during Rafael Grossi’s expected visit to the plant this week, said Renat Karchaa, an adviser to Rosatom’s CEO, on state TV Russia 24.
“We are open to these questions," Karchaa said, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.
Some context: Russia captured the plant in early March 2022. Since then, international and local experts have warned about the possibility of a nuclear disaster that could affect thousands of people in the surrounding area.
IAEA chief Grossi tweeted Sunday saying he is on his way for a first-hand assessment of "the nuclear safety and security situation at the facility.”
On Monday, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was visiting the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro regions.
Zelensky accused Russia of nuclear blackmail over its control of the nuclear power plant.
“I met with IAEA head Rafael Grossi. The topic is clear: the security of our energy industry, our nuclear plants. First of all, the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which Russia still uses for radiation blackmail of the world,” Zelensky said in his nightly address from Dnipro on Monday.
“No other terrorist has reached such depths in his cynicism, in which Russia constantly seeks and finds a new bottom.”