MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that the Russian military presence at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine is a guarantee against what he called the “Chornobyl scenario”. referring to the 1986 nuclear catastrophe.
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ivan Nechaev said a United Nations (UN) proposal to demilitarize the area around the nuclear plant was “unacceptable”.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, was occupied by Russia in March. It remains close to the front lines, and has come under fire repeatedly in recent weeks, raising fears of a nuclear disaster. Both Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of bombing the facility.
(Report by Reuters)
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