Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation today, August 19, with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. As the press service of the Kremlin reported, the discussion of issues relating, in particular, to the situation around the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the dispatch of an IAEA mission there, took place at the initiative of Paris.
“Various aspects of the situation around Ukraine were discussed. Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the systematic shelling by the Ukrainian military of the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant creates the danger of a large-scale catastrophe that could lead to radiation contamination of vast territories,” – the message says.
The Presidents noted the importance of sending an IAEA mission to the nuclear power plant as soon as possible, which would be able to assess the real situation on the spot. The Russian side confirmed its readiness to provide the Agency inspectors with the necessary assistance.
“Vladimir Putin also recalled the invitation of experts from the UN Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, where a large number of Ukrainian prisoners of war who were held there died as a result of a missile attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” – pointed out in the Kremlin.
It is noted that in addition, the President of Russia informed about the implementation of the “package” deal signed on July 22 in Istanbul on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports and the export of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets.
“Attention was drawn to the fact that there are still obstacles to the mentioned Russian exports, which does not contribute to the solution of tasks related to ensuring global food security”, – indicated in the message.
The Presidents of Russia and France agreed to continue contacts on the issues raised and other issues.