Press Release

Note to Correspondents - on Ukraine (Zaporizhzhia)

15 August 2022

New York, 15 August 2022 

In the past few days, there have been repeated comments by various Russian officials accusing the United Nations Secretariat of having either cancelled or blocked a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.  

I want to clarify a few points. First, the IAEA is a specialized agency that acts in full independence in deciding how to implement its specific mandate.  

Second, the UN Secretariat has no authority to block or cancel any IAEA activities.  

Third, in close contact with the IAEA, the UN Secretariat has assessed that it has in Ukraine the logistics and security capacity to be able to support any IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant from Kyiv, should both Russia and Ukraine agree.    


Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General 

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