September 29, 2022

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Poutine met en garde contre des «conséquences catastrophiques»

The Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron against the «catastrophic consequences» of the attacks against the Ukrainian nuclear power plant of Zaporizhzhya, the biggest power plant in Europe and occupied by Russian forces, the Kremlin said.

Lors d’un entretien téléphone avec M. Macron, Vladimir Putin drew attention to the “regular Ukrainian attacks against the sites of the Zaporizhzhya centrale, including the deposit of radioactive waste, which could lead to catastrophic consequences”. , according to a communiqué from the Kremlin.

The Russian president also informed his French counterpart of the “measures taken by Russian specialists to ensure the security of the central government and to emphasize the need to put pressure on the authorities of Kyiv to stop the bombings aimed at the central government immediately”. .

The two leaders ont par ailleurs expressed their desire to “cooperate in a depoliticized manner on the situation around the Zaporizhia plant, with the participation of the Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA)”, according to the communiqué.

L’entretien a eu lieu à l’initiative du président français, selon le Kremlin.

Lors de la conversation telefonique, Vladimir Putine a une nouvelle fois denoncé les livraisons d’armes occidentales au régime de Kyïv, utilises selon lui pour “des bombardements massifs des infrastructures civiles des villes du Donbass”, bassin minier dans l’est de l’ Ukraine.

The two leaders already talked on the phone on August 19 about the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia.

Située dans le sud de l’Ukraine et contrôlée par les forces russe, cette centrale, la plus grande d’Europe, a été plusieurs fois bombardée ces dernières semaines, Moscou et Kyïv s’accusant mutualellement de ces frappes.

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Cette situation a fait resurgir le specter d’une catastrophe majeure similaire à celle de Tchernobyl en 1986.

On Sunday, Ukraine announced the shutdown of the sixth and last reactor in operation at the Zaporizhzhya plant, explaining that it was necessary to cool it down.