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G7 ministers call on Russia to ‘return full control’ of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Russia must “immediately return full control” of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, G7 foreign ministers said today.

In a statement, ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States said they remained “deeply concerned” about the serious threat that represented the seizure of nuclear facilities by Russian forces.

They also said it undermined the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor peaceful nuclear activities for safeguard purposes.

Their statement read: “We demand that Russia immediately return full control to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine, of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as well as all nuclear facilities within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine to ensure their safe and secure operations.

“Ukrainian personnel operating the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure. It is Russia’s continued control of the plant that puts the region at risk.

“We remain deeply concerned about the serious threat that the seizure of Ukrainian nuclear facilities and other actions by the Russian armed forces pose to the safety and security of these facilities, significantly increasing the risk of a nuclear accident or incident and endangering the Ukrainian population, neighboring states and the international community”.

Christi C. Elwood