Russian leader Putin warns Macron of ‘nuclear disaster risk’ for Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, warned of a nuclear disaster, claiming that Ukraine “systematically fired at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant site”.

According to the statement made by the Kremlin Palace, the phone call took place with the initiative of the French side.

During the meeting, various aspects of the Ukraine issue were discussed, Putin said that the Ukrainian soldiers systematically fired at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant site, posing a danger of a large-scale disaster that could cause radiation pollution in large areas.

Both heads of state drew attention to the importance of sending the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission, which will evaluate the real situation at the nuclear power plant, to the region as soon as possible. Putin confirmed that the Russian side is ready to provide the necessary assistance to the inspectors from the IAEA.

Recalling that they invited the experts of the United Nations (UN) Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross to see the situation in the detention center in Yelenovka, where Ukrainian prisoners were killed, Putin said, signed in Istanbul on July 22, the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports, the export of Russian food products and fertilizers to world markets. He gave information about the implementation of the “package” agreement for export.

Pointing out that there are still obstacles in front of Russian exports, Putin pointed out that this does not contribute to the solution of problems related to ensuring global food security.

Putin and Macron agreed to continue contacts on other issues on the agenda.

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