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    Lithuania : Deputy Minister of Energy A. Zananavi?ius: we condemn the threat posed by Russia to Ukraine's nuclear power plants


    October 2, 2022 - Al Bawaba Business

     

      Deputy Minister of Energy Albinas Zananavi?ius on September 26-27. participated in the 66th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. During it, the successfully completed project of unloading spent nuclear fuel from the blocks and transporting it to the temporary spent fuel storage facility of V? Ignalina nuclear power plant was presented, she met with the heads of the delegations of the USA and Belgium, the deputy director general of the IAEA and spoke at the plenary session of the General Conference.

      Speaking at the plenary session, Vice Minister A. Zananavi?ius condemned Russia's aggression in Ukraine, during which the Russian army seized Ukrainian nuclear energy facilities and constantly threatens the safety of these facilities by shelling them. He also pointed out that Belarus also contributes to these actions.

      "Currently, Russia's military actions can cause another - nuclear - catastrophe. Russian military forces at the Zaporizhia NPP and other nuclear facilities have violated all seven key pillars of nuclear safety and security outlined by the IAEA Director General at the beginning of the armed conflict. The occupation of the Zaporizhia NPP by Russian military forces and the presence of Russian military equipment and Rosatom personnel at this nuclear power plant undermines its safety, increases the risk of a nuclear accident, and puts enormous pressure on operating personnel. The shelling and occupation of Ukraine's nuclear facilities or their use as a cover is unprecedented, so an adequate world reaction is needed," said A. Zananavi?ius.

      The Deputy Minister expressed his support for the initiative of the Director General of the IAEA to establish a protection zone around the Zaporizhia NPP, but pointed out that after the shelling of the nuclear power plant in Southern Ukraine, a real protection zone can only be implemented when all Russian military forces withdraw from the entire territory of Ukraine.

      In the speech, the international community was also reminded of Lithuania's concern about the nuclear safety situation in neighboring Belarus, where the first reactor of the Belarusian nuclear power plant was hastily put into operation without taking into account the fact that fundamental environmental, nuclear and radiation safety problems had not been resolved, and where there were constant failures. At the moment, this reactor is stopped and there is no information about its repair and the reasons for its failure - this type of information concealment is of great concern to Lithuania.

      The Vice Minister expressed Lithuania's support for the work carried out by the IAEA and emphasized Lithuania's unconditional commitment to ensure the highest nuclear, radiation safety and security standards in Lithuania.

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