Aug 19 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned
his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that shelling of the
Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern
Ukraine, which he blamed on Kyiv, could result in a large-scale
Moscow and Kyiv have accused each other of shelling Europe's
largest nuclear power plant, which was captured by Russia in
March but is still run by Ukrainian technicians. Only two of the
facility's six reactors are working.
"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that the systematic
shelling of the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power
plant by the Ukrainian military created the danger of a
large-scale catastrophe that could lead to radiation
contamination of vast territories," the Kremlin said in a
readout of the call, which it said had been initiated by Macron.
Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of planning
provocations at the plant. Kyiv said that Russian forces planned
to disconnect the facility from the Ukrainian power grid and
link it up to the Russian one.
The Kremlin said that Putin and Macron had stressed the
importance of sending a delegation from the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) to the plant as soon as possible.
Putin confirmed Russia's readiness to provide IAEA
inspectors with the necessary assistance, according to the
In the call, Putin also told Macron about continuing
obstacles to supplying Russian food and fertilizer products to
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Nick Macfie)