Biden calls on German, French and British leaders over concerns over Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant
US President Joe Biden has spoken to several allies, including the leaders of France, Germany and the UK, and expressed deep concern over Russia’s ill intent to harm the nuclear power plant from Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine. During the call, Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “affirmed their continued support for Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russian aggression”, the statement said. White House.
The leaders also outlined ways to secure the nuclear power plant against Russian attacks in the future. According to the reading of President Biden’s appeal published by the White House, in addition to the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the leaders also discussed the need to avoid military operations near the plant.
In addition, they also stressed that the visit of officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is crucial to verify the status of security systems. The call between Western leaders came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed serious concern over the recent warning issued by senior Russian officials.
In order to avoid any untoward situation, the Ukrainian leader also agreed to allow IAEA officers to inspect the nuclear power plant and warned of “catastrophic consequences” if fighting continues near Zaporizhzhia.
US urges Russia to abandon nuclear plant to avert Chernobyl disaster in 1986
Earlier on Friday August 19, the United States also urged Moscow to abandon Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, to avoid a possible resumption of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The administration‘s appeal Biden came amid reports that Russia was considering bombing the facility in a “false flag” operation.
It should be mentioned that Russia uses nuclear energy from Zaporizhzhia as a base for Russian artillery units and attacks Ukrainian forces. In a Friday media briefing, senior defense officials said the broader US government and the national security community are watching all Russian activity “very closely.”
According to officials, Russia has shown a willingness to fire on a nuclear power plant in the past, and therefore the current actions in and around the nuclear power plant would become disastrous for Ukrainians and neighboring regions.
Additionally, during the call, the leaders also discussed ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the need to enhance support for partners in the Middle East region, and joint efforts to deter and limit activities. destabilizing regions of Iran.