US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accuses Russia of using Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant as a military base to launch attacks. On the same occasion, the UN Secretary-General warned of the possibility of a “miscalculation of nuclear annihilation”.
The head of US diplomacy was speaking at the opening of the tenth United Nations conference for the review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which takes place at UN headquarters until August 26.
“Russia is using the Zaporizhia plant as a military base to fire on the Ukrainians, knowing that [the Ukrainians] cannot and will not respond because they could hit a nuclear reactor and stored highly radioactive waste,” Blinken said in a speech at headquarters. of the United Nations.
“This takes the concept of using a human shield to a totally different and horrendous level,” insisted the Washington diplomat, who represented his country at the opening of a conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (TNPN).
Blinken considered that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in addition to a serious violation of international law, is a direct attack on the nuclear non-proliferation system, contrary to the security guarantees that Moscow provided to Kyiv in 1994 to renounce its nuclear arsenal. inherited from the Soviet Union.
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also warned at the opening session of the meeting that the situation at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia, under Russian control, is increasingly dangerous, making the access of experts from the agency necessary to avoid a tragedy.
“We need everyone’s support for [the access of experts] to happen. We are prepared,” said Argentine Rafael Grossi.
Putin says “no” to nuclear
Moments earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had written to the Assembly saying that Russia will never start a nuclear war because it is aware that it will have no winners.
“We assume that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that the latter must never be unleashed,” Putin said in a message addressed to participants at a conference of the 191 signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (TNPN).
In the message, posted on the Kremlin’s website, the Russian head of state assured that Russia continues to comply with “the letter and the spirit” of that treaty.
The Russian state press and political leaders have been multiplying in recent weeks references and veiled threats about the use of nuclear weapons in the conflict.
Today, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, therefore, called on Moscow to “end its nuclear rhetoric and its irresponsible and dangerous attitude” since its large-scale aggression against Ukraine.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, in turn, defended a new and urgent agreement on nuclear non-proliferation. António Guterres, warned today of the danger of global “nuclear annihilation”, noting that the nuclear threat has been forgotten since the height of the `Cold War `.
António Guterres warned today of the danger of global “nuclear annihilation”, noting that the nuclear threat has been forgotten since the height of the ‘Cold War’.
“Until now, we have been extraordinarily lucky. But luck is not a strategy or a shield to prevent geopolitical tensions from turning into a nuclear conflict,” Guterres said at the opening of a conference of the 191 signatory countries of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (TNPN).
“Today, humanity lives in a misunderstanding, in a miscalculation of nuclear annihilation”, he insisted, calling for the construction of a world “free of nuclear weapons”.
At the opening of the UN conference on the subject, António Guterres gave the example of Portugal to demonstrate how important a change in attitude can be.
Source: With Agencies