UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres did not hide his strong concern for safety at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, speaking to reporters after concluding a tripartite meeting with the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey in the city of Lviv.
He stressed that a military strike on the nuclear plant would be tantamount to “suicide” and repeated his call for the withdrawal of all military forces from the site. “The facilities must not be used in the context of any military operation,” Guterres stressed, calling for an agreement that would provide “guarantees for the security of the region.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he has agreed to the parameters of a possible International Atomic Energy Agency escalation mission to Zaporizhia, stressing that Russia must stop its attacks in the region and immediately withdraw its troops from the nuclear power plant.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his country’s support for Ukraine and expressed concern over the risk of a “new Chernobyl” referring to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “We are continuing our efforts to find a solution. We were and still are on the side of our Ukrainian friends,” Erdogan said before stressing he did not want a “new Chernobyl”.
Referring to the resumption of grain exports from Ukrainian ports, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Moscow and Kyiv to show a “spirit of compromise” and ensure the successful implementation of the agreement reached in Istanbul. “Since day one, all sides have worked professionally and in good faith” to resume grain exports, Guterres said, adding, “I appeal to this to continue and to overcome all obstacles in a spirit of compromise to settle all difficulties once and for all “.