Putin warned Macron of “catastrophic consequences” of attacks on Zaporozhye

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of “catastrophic consequences” of attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant – the largest in Europe and occupied by Russian forces, the Kremlin said.

The two presidents held a telephone conversation in which Putin drew attention to “regular Ukrainian attacks against the sites of the Zaporozhye power plant, including the radioactive waste dump, which could lead to catastrophic consequences,” the Russian presidential press service said, quoted by AFP.

The Russian president informed his French counterpart about the “measures taken by Russian specialists to ensure the safety of the plant” and “underscored the need to put pressure on the authorities in Kyiv so that the bombing of the plant stops immediately.”

Putin has once again condemned the supply of Western weapons to Kyiv, which he says are being used for “massive bombing of the civilian infrastructure of Donbas cities.”

The initiator of the telephone conversation was the French president. The Elysee Palace reported that Emmanuel Macron told Vladimir Putin that the Russian presence threatens the security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, writes Reuters.

According to the French presidency, Macron asked Putin that Moscow withdraw heavy and light weapons from the nuclear power plant and comply with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendations to ensure the security of the site.

The Elysee Palace said Macron would continue to be in touch with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “as well as the IAEA Director General and will speak again with President Putin in the coming days so that an agreement can be reached to ensure the security of the power plant.” .

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