28 Oct 2022 01:22 GMT
The director of the nuclear regulatory body promised to send his experts to Ukraine, but only to the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
After Russia submitted its formal complaint to the UN Security Council about Ukraine’s plans to create and use a dirty bomb, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finally promised to send experts to investigate the matter, he reported. the Russian permanent representative to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia.
The Russian diplomat later told reporters that during the talks, which were held behind closed doors, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi described to Security Council members the situation at the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhyea space controlled by Russian forces but which has received repeated hits from Ukrainian projectiles in recent months.
For its part, the Russian representation reiterated to Grossi its complaints and warnings about the “possible construction by the kyiv regime of a dirty bomb for use in Ukraine,” reported Nebenzia, cited by Tass.
The senior diplomat insisted during the meeting that the West can’t ignore the threat posed by that scenario, designed to then accuse Russia of nuclear terrorism. Based on reliable sources, he told her, Moscow has been warning in this regard since last weekend.
Grossi stated that he plans to send his experts to Ukraine, and specifically to the central Chernobyl, which has radioactive waste that could be used for the construction of this type of device. A dirty bomb is based on conventional explosives, but accompanied by radioactive materials that, when exploded, cause radiological contamination.
Faced with this announcement, Nebenzia called to bear in mind that a dirty bomb can be created not only in the facilities that the IAEA inspectors plan to visit.
“We would like to be wrong, but we cannot simply ignore these assertions, which are of a very serious nature and could have very unpleasant consequences“, said.
Finally, he noted that Western delegations once again resorted to their “usual narrative about Russian preparations for a false flag operation“.