Statement by G7 Foreign Ministers in Support of IAEA Efforts to Promote Nuclear Safety and Security
Statement by G7 Foreign Ministers in Support of IAEA Efforts to Promote Nuclear Safety and Security at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine
The text of the following statement was issued by the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States of America, and by the High Representative of the European Union.
We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the Union European Union, reiterate our strongest condemnation of the ongoing unprovoked and unjustifiable war of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The Russian Federation must immediately withdraw its troops from within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and respect Ukraine’s territory and sovereignty.
In this context, we demand that Russia immediately return to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine, full control of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant as well as all nuclear facilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders in order to to ensure the safety and security of their operations. Ukrainian personnel operating the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant must be able to carry out their duties without threats or pressure. It is Russia’s continued control of the plant that puts the region at risk.
We remain deeply concerned about the serious threat that the seizure of Ukrainian nuclear facilities and other actions by the Russian armed forces pose to the safety and security of these facilities, significantly increasing the risk of a nuclear accident or incident and putting endanger the population of Ukraine, neighboring states and the international community. It also compromises the IAEA’s ability to monitor Ukraine’s peaceful nuclear activities for safeguard purposes.
We welcome and support the efforts of IAEA Director General Grossi to strengthen nuclear safety and security in Ukraine and we thank the Director General and IAEA staff for their unwavering commitment in this regard. In this context, we stress the importance of facilitating an IAEA expert mission to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant to address nuclear safety, security and safeguards concerns, in a manner that fully respects Ukrainian sovereignty. on its territory and its infrastructures. We strongly subscribe to the importance of the seven pillars of nuclear safety and security, as highlighted by Director General Grossi.
We reiterate our full and continued support for the IAEA. IAEA personnel must be able to access all nuclear facilities in Ukraine safely and without hindrance, and to engage directly and without interference with Ukrainian personnel responsible for the operation of these facilities. The safety of all those implementing these efforts must be taken into account to strengthen nuclear safety, security and safeguards in Ukraine.
We encourage all countries to support the efforts of the IAEA.