The Turkish President said he would discuss the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear plant with Vladimir Putin. In his opinion, Russia must take a step towards peace, and Zelensky asked to influence Moscow to demin the area of the plant.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that he wants to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. He explained this to journalists after his return from Ukraine, the TV channel reported Haber Turk. Erdogan said:
“We will discuss this issue with Mr. Putin.”
He also announced that he would call on Putin to take “an important step towards peace” in the negotiations on the fate of the nuclear power plant. Erdoğan added that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky asked Turkey to help clear the area around the nuclear power plant “because the situation is threatening”. He also noted that Ukraine has its own technical and military personnel in Zaporozhye Oblast.
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Erdoğan met Zelensky during his visit to Lvov on August 18. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Turkey’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirişci attended the call.
In addition to consulting with Zelensky, Erdoğan also held talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who is also visiting Ukraine. In particular, they discussed the situation in the area of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Zelensky emphasized that at this meeting he agreed on the parameters for the IAEA mission in the nuclear power plant. In addition, the Ukrainian president refused to negotiate with Russia until it fully withdraws its troops from the nuclear power plant and Ukrainian sovereign territory.
Earlier, Russia commented on the UN’s proposals to establish a demilitarized zone at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and to place the nuclear reactor under Ukraine’s control. The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that these proposals were unacceptable as they would make the plant “even more vulnerable”.
Measured by its output, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the third largest in the world. The nuclear reactor is located on the banks of the Kakhovka reservoir on the Dnepr near Energodar in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had taken control of the Zaporozhye NPP on February 28, 2022. Formally, the plant is still under the control of the Ukrainian Energoatom.
The situation around the nuclear power plant has escalated since mid-July. The Russian Defense Ministry and the pro-Russian civil-military administration of the region reported repeated shelling of the nuclear facility by the Ukrainian military.
On August 18, the Russian Defense Ministry said it was aware of Kiev’s plans to stage a provocation at the nuclear power plant and blame Moscow for the disaster. According to the ministry, units of the 44th artillery brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces plan to conduct artillery strikes on the area of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant from their firing positions in the cities of Nikopol and Marganets. However, the Russian armed forces should be blamed for the consequences, although there are no heavy Russian weapons in the vicinity of the plant, the Ministry of Defense emphasized.
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