Russia welcomes idea of permanent IAEA presence at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

MOSCOW, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Russia welcomes the idea that IAEA experts could stay at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on a permanent basis, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative to the international organisations in Vienna, said on Wednesday.

A Reuters reporter travelling in a convoy with the team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, said it was likely the inspectors would overnight in the nearby city of Zaporizhzhia before visiting the plant, which is on territory controlled by Russia, on Thursday.

Russia captured the plant, Europe’s largest, in early March (Or late February according to some reports- either way Ukraine has not held the nuclear plant for six months)

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