Saturday, December 2

Macron asks Putin to withdraw weapons from Ukraine nuclear plant

French President Emmanuel Macron asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to withdraw Russian weaponry from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant while Putin warned of the potential “catastrophic consequences” of what he said were Ukrainian attacks on the facility.

According to the Elysee, Macron had told the Russian leader in a call that “the Russian occupation was the reason for the risks.

According to the Kremlin’s version of the call, Putin “drew attention to regular Ukrainian attacks on (Zaporizhzhia nuclear) facilities, including a radioactive waste storage facility, which is fraught with catastrophic consequences.”

The statement said that the call was made “at the initiative of the French side” and that the conversation comprised a “detailed and frank exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine.”

Putin said Russian specialists at the plant were taking steps to ensure its safety and said Moscow was ready to continue work with the UN’s atomic agency to agree on “non-politicised” solutions to problems at the facility. | More on

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