The withdrawal of weapons from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant will become one of the mandatory points of the agreement between Ukraine and Russia with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This was stated by the general director of the organization, Rafael Mariano Grossi, in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
According to him, the Ukrainian side insists that the Russian troops remove all weapons from the territory of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, and the IAEA supports these demands. The Russian side is not against such a condition and does not ask for anything in return.
"This is what the Ukrainians demand, and their point of view is clear. And in any case, this would be part of the general agreement," noted Rafael Grossi.
According to the head of the IAEA, Ukraine and Russia will agree on the creation of a safety zone for the ZNPP by the end of the year. He noted that during the negotiations, the parties have already made significant progress in discussing several key points, and the IAEA may soon organize a meeting between Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Vladimir Putin.
First, Ukraine and Russia agreed that they should not both fire at the nuclear power plant and fire from its territory. Secondly, the parties recognized cooperation with the IAEA as the only possibility to reach an agreement.