ST. PETERSBURG, October 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted during the meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi that he will gladly discuss all issues, including that situation around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
"We are very happy to see you and will gladly discuss all issues that mutually interest us, maybe even concern someone, us included. For example, everything involving the situation around the Zaporozhye NPP," Putin said. "In any case, we are open for this dialogue, and we are happy to see you."
The IAEA mission led by Grossi visited the ZNPP in early September. Several IAEA employees stayed at the power plant as observers. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov noted that Ukrainian forces continue to shell the nuclear power plan even despite the presence of IAEA employees there.
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is the largest operational nuclear power plant in Europe. Russia gained control over it on February 28, during the first days of the operation in Ukraine. Russia repeatedly stated that there are no combat army units stationed at the power plant, noting that only the National Guard is deployed there, as well as Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection troops, tasked with radiation security, and Rosatom employees, whose presence is required for radiation and physical security at the power plant.