Sergey Kondratiev commented to RuBaltic on the operation of the Zaporozhye NPP.
As the Deputy Head of the Economic Department of the Institute for Energy and Finance Sergey Kondratiev noted in an interview with RuBaltic.Ru, the situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP is very serious, because “in recent and world history, we have not yet encountered high-intensity military operations in the immediate vicinity of from nuclear power facilities.
According to him, the likelihood of serious consequences as a result of further escalation is now higher than it was one and a half to two months ago, because Ukraine is purposefully hitting nuclear power plants.
If we talk about calls to Ukraine from the UN and the IAEA, then, according to Kondratiev, they are unlikely to be effective. He recalled that the last few months the IAEA tried to visit the Zaporizhzhya NPP on any terms, but NNEGC Energoatom and the Ukrainian authorities consistently refused the organization.
He also added that Euratom (the European Atomic Energy Community, - approx. RuBaltic.Ru) could also take part in studying the situation, since in March Ukraine synchronized its energy system with the European one: “Euratom has the authority to declare at the European level about their requirements, concerns and communicate this to the European Commission, local regulators and the EU member states, which this situation directly affects.
“The IAEA has the authority to issue a mandate to a meeting of the UN Security Council in order to demand the imposition of sanctions on Ukraine and prevent a catastrophe. We have before our eyes the example of the Iranian nuclear program. Despite the fact that both in the IAEA itself and among the participating countries there was no unity on what was happening with the Iranian nuclear program, the organization repeatedly took part in the meeting of the UN Security Council, as a result, sanctions were still adopted against Iran. Therefore, the IAEA has leverage to influence the situation, in addition to calls,” the expert noted.
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