The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said communications with Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, captured by Russian forces last week, were compromised after the occupiers shut down cellphone networks and Internet access.
The Carniola Nuclear Regulatory Authority told the IAEA that phone lines, email and faxes are down and that mobile communications are also poor.
IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi also said he was “extremely concerned” after learning that management of the facility, the largest in Europe, was on the ground under orders from the Russian commander.
“Management and staff must be allowed to carry out their vital duties in stable conditions without undue external interference or pressure,” Mr Grossi said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the US is in talks with European countries about joint action against a possible ban on Russian oil imports that could still ensure sufficient supplies, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said.
Mr Blinken, who is currently in Eastern Europe, said he raised the matter with President Joe Biden and other cabinet members on Saturday.
“We are now speaking with our European partners and allies to examine, in a coordinated manner, the prospect of a ban on Russian oil imports while ensuring there is still adequate oil supply in world markets,” Mr Blinken said on CNN state of the nation yesterday.
“It’s a very active discussion as we speak.”
According to the Ministry of Finance in Moscow, the sanctions imposed on Russia will determine whether international investors can collect debt payments on government bonds denominated in foreign currencies.
Residents will receive their payments on Russia’s government debt in rubles, regardless of denomination currency, the ministry said in an emailed statement yesterday.
Russia’s VTB Bank is preparing to suspend its European operations after being hit hard by sanctions financial times reported.
Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, decided last week to exit the European market. Sberbank said it is exploring the possibility of issuing cards through the domestic payment system Mir and China’s UnionPay after credit card giants Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. ceased operations there.
The move could allow Russians to make some payments abroad.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/russians-cut-communication-links-to-europes-biggest-nuclear-plant-41417655.html Russians have cut communications with Europe’s largest nuclear power plant