PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ensure Ukraine’s nuclear power plants are secured during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior French official said on Sunday.
“It is necessary that we get commitments … under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure the safety of these facilities and that they are excluded from the conflict,” the Elysee Palace official told reporters after Macron and Putin spoke for a had spoken hour and 45 minutes.
The official said Putin told Macron it was “not his intention to carry out attacks on these facilities” and that “he was prepared to comply with IAEA standards.”
In a statement by the Kremlin Confirmed she would agree to trilateral talks between the IAEA, Russia and Ukraine to agree on measures to secure Ukrainian nuclear facilities, provided the meeting is held either by video conference or in a third country.
The call between Macron and Putin comes just days after Russia attacked the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. Ukraine has them seventh largest installed nuclear capacity in the world and the second largest in Europe after France.
IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said this week that the “ongoing military conflict taking place in a country that has a huge nuclear program” has put the organization on high alert. He It is expected hold a press conference on Monday.
The Elysee hopes the agency will “make proposals on the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine.”
During his phone call with Macron, Putin reiterated his goals in Ukraine without changing his tone, the official also told reporters. “Putin said he was determined to achieve all his goals through negotiations or war. This is a serious time,” the official said.
On Saturday, the Russian president said the sanctions imposed on Russia were “akin to a declaration of war” and warned that Ukraine’s statehood was at stake.
Earlier on Saturday, Ukraine and Russia announced that citizens of the besieged city of Mariupol were allowed to be temporarily evacuated through a humanitarian corridor, but within hours the city of Mariupol said Russian forces were breach the agreement.
Macron told Putin that international humanitarian law must be respected, civilians protected and humanitarian access granted, according to the Elysée. The Russian President replied that his army does not target civilians or civilian installations and that it is up to Ukrainians to let civilians go or not.
The Elysee official has been lukewarm to reports that the US is working with Poland on plans to supply Ukraine with Russian-made fighter jets. “The goals must remain the same: increase the cost of the war for Putin while reminding us that we are not at war with Russia,” the official said, urging “a degree of caution on these issues.”
“Things have to be done in the right order,” the official added. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Macron will meet Tuesday night.
Macron is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett later on Sunday. who travelled to Russia at the weekend to talk to Putin.
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