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8/16, 2:12 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia warns of risks to IAEA mission to Zaporizhzhia

Russian Foreign Ministry warned that an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visit to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant would be dangerous because the Ukrainian forces are "ready to commit any provocation." Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Igor Vishnevetsky cautioned that "anything could happen if the IAEA delegation went across the front line."

Vishnevetsky also rejected Ukrainian calls to demilitarize the plant as "irresponsible" and argued the matter is not within the IAEA's mandate. "The IAEA comes with an inspection to the facilities, checks whether the obligations are fulfilled or not, that is, whether nuclear material is used at the station for peaceful purposes... Everything else is not the responsibility of the agency," he stated.

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