French President Emmanuel Macron called Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the Kremlin website, this was their first conversation since May 28. As reported press office, during the conversation, the presidents “noted the importance of sending as soon as possible” a mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporozhye NPP. The Russian President expressed his readiness to assist this mission. The French version of the conversation has not yet been given.
Vladimir Putin told Emmanuel Macron that the Ukrainian shelling of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant threatens a “large-scale catastrophe.” According to him, it is important to send an IAEA mission as soon as possible, which would be able to assess the real situation around the nuclear power plant on the spot.
The leaders of the two countries also discussed a deal on the export of Ukrainian grain, concluded in Istanbul on July 22. The President of Russia noted that “obstacles still remain” for the export of Russian products from the Black Sea ports.
In addition, Vladimir Putin invited experts from the UN Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka. July 29 agency “RIA News” reported that the building of pre-trial detention center No. 120 in Yelenovka was completely destroyed during the shelling, and the Ukrainian prisoners of war held there died.
The presidents “agreed to continue contacts” on these issues.
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