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IAEA Director General meets with Rosatom Director to discuss safety in Zaporiyia

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    The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, met Wednesday with the director general of the Russian company Rosatom, Alexei Lijachev, and other senior Russian officials in Istanbul to address the safety conditions at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

    "In a meeting with Rosatom, with its CEO, Likhachev, and other senior Russian officials in Istanbul, I continued timely and professional discussions, where I stressed the urgency of ensuring the safety of the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant. The IAEA is ready to play its indispensable role," Grossi said on his official Twitter profile.

    Also, in parallel, Grossi has held talks with the president of the Turkish Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Zafer Demircan, to discuss "nuclear developments" in the country and "IAEA support" for the agency, as he explained in another message on his Twitter profile.

    According to an IAEA statement, Ukraine has reported that seven of the 15 reactors remain operational at the four nuclear power plants in the country, including two at the Zaporiyia nuclear power plant, two at the Rivne plant, two in southern Ukraine and one at the Jmelnytskii nuclear power plant.

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    "The other eight reactors are closed for regular maintenance or are being held in reserve. The safety systems remain operational at the four nuclear power plants," he said in the statement.

    Following last week's visit by IAEA inspectors and technicians to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, data from all monitoring systems installed at the site "have been fully recovered," the agency has said.

    "In addition, as a result of the deployment of new transmission channels based on satellite technologies, remote data transfer to the agency's headquarters in Vienna has been fully restored, with the exception of one facility for which technical work is still required," it has concluded.


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