MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov urged the IAEA Board of Governors to take note of where attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant originate from.
"The majority on the IAEA Board of Governors replicate methods that essentially deny reality. I would urge this majority to be concerned about where the threats to the Zaporozhye NPP, the incessant shelling, are coming from," he told reporters Friday. According to him, we are talking about the ongoing shelling of the city of Energodar, attempts to seize the Zaporozhye plant, and attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces, he said. "All of this (the attacks on the Zaporozhye NPP by Ukrainian troops - TASS) is perceived by a group of countries who foment anti-Russian sentiments at this venue just as something natural," the senior diplomat stressed. "We condemn this policy and think that it has nothing in common with the task of ensuring nuclear security, including the physical safety of this facility - the largest nuclear power plant in Europe," he emphasized.
On Thursday, the IAEA approved a new resolution on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant urging Russia "to immediately abandon its baseless claims of ownership of the plant." Russia and China voted against this resolution while India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, South Africa, Kenya and Namibia abstained from voting.