Zelensky, Guterres seek protection of nuclear facilities held by Russia

The UN Secretary General and the presidents of Turkey and Ukraine have discussed ways to end the war started by Russia and ensure the safety of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Reuters reported that the three met last Thursday amid Moscow and Kiev blaming each other for renewed shelling of the Zaporizhia power plant. News from bdnews.
After a meeting in Lviv, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear plant. Any potential loss of Zaporizhia would amount to suicide, he warned. The UN Secretary General also called for the withdrawal of military equipment and troops from the vicinity of the center. The center cannot be used as part of any military operation. Rather, it is imperative to turn it back into a fully civilian facility and to negotiate an agreement to ensure the security of the area, Guterres said.
Russia has previously rejected calls to turn the Zaporizhia power plant and its surrounding area into a ‘demilitarized zone’. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sat privately with Guterres before meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the end of that meeting, Zelensky said that he and the UN Secretary-General had agreed on the terms of a possible mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Zaporizhia Center. Russia must immediately and unconditionally withdraw troops from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant area, as well as cease shelling and any form of provocation, he said. After the three-way meeting later, Turkish President Erdogan said he, Guterres and Zelenskiy had discussed building on the positive atmosphere that has been created recently on resuming peace talks held in Istanbul in March.


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