Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) backed a resolution proposed by Canada and Poland by a majority vote, calling on Russia to cease all actions on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP and withdraw forces from the plant.
26 countries voted for the document. Five countries, including Pakistan, India and South Africa, abstained, while Russia and China voted against. Representatives of the two countries did not appear for the vote.
The meeting began with IAEA Director General’s Introductory Statement about the need:
▪️Establish a protection zone around the nuclear power plant;
▪️Remove military equipment from the facility, so they do not interfere with the operation of the safety and security systems;
▪️Stop pressure or duress on the operating staff, provide access for the Ukrainian operator to the management of the station;
▪️Ensure uninterrupted supply chains and transportation to and from the station under the control of international organizations.
The speech of the IAEA Director was based on the technical report of the IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye NPP, the key point of which was the requirement to create a demilitarized zone around the plant. The authors of the document did not mention who exactly shelled ZNPP for months: numerous objective evidences of AFU strikes on the object was not taken into account.
The situation is clear evidence of the complete devaluation of the IAEA role as an independent technical organization for the nuclear safety control and non-proliferation of military nuclear technologies. The steps taken by its leadership will inevitably lead to segmentation and degradation of the international nuclear security system.
And this is a very alarming signal: right before our eyes, not only structures that have been discredited, but also previously respected technical international organizations are being politicized.
In fact, there is a disintegration of a single scientific and technical space, which was created with great difficulty for many decades. What survived during the most critical moments of the Cold War could not endure today’s realities.
All this is another sign of the future great crisis, chaos and destruction of international systems, which the world is waiting for in the near future.