Delegation of Ukraine took part in the 66th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held on September 26-30, 2022 in Vienna, Austria.
The event included representatives of DAZV, Ministry of Energy, NAEC “Energoatom”, DNTC NPR, Permanent Representation of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna.
Representatives of 175 countries took part in the event.
This year, the main topic of the conference was Russian aggression, the occupation of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, as well as related threats to nuclear and radiation safety.
In particular, during their speeches and conferences, representatives of Ukrainian delegations repeatedly emphasized the need to increase international pressure on Russia and appealed to the world community and called for nuclear terrorism from the Russian side.
Within the framework of the 66th General Conference of the IAEA, the Head of DAZV Yevhen Kramarenko took part in meetings of representatives of the IAEA and foreign delegations, and also held a number of international meetings. The Ukrainian delegation held a meeting with the Director General of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi, where they had the opportunity to discuss the situation at the Zaporozhye NPP, which is still under the occupation of Russian military forces.
A separate meeting was held with the project manager of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department, Kateryna Dufre. The parties discussed current cooperation within the framework of the national technical cooperation project UKR9040 “Providing support to Ukrainian organizations engaged in the decommissioning of national facilities, radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel management, as well as radioecological monitoring” and considered possible options for completing all previously started tasks within the scope of the UKR9040 project on hurricane damage from the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.
Yevhen Kramarenko took part in the presentations of the stand of the European Commission and aid to Ukraine at the IAEA.
During a meeting with representatives of the Department of Business, Energy and Industry of Great Britain, the head of the DAZV expressed gratitude for the support of our state in extremely difficult times.
The parties agreed on the allocation of additional funding for the implementation of the necessary measures at the “Centralized Storage of Spent Sources of Ionizing Radiation”. The British delegation announced its readiness and authorized appointment of technical assistance to Ukraine aimed at supporting and supporting the level of nuclear and radiation safety and becoming a new contributor to the International Cooperation Account for Chernobyl.
At a separate meeting with the European Commission and JSO, namely the Supervisory Board of Ukraine for the Implementation of the European Instrument for International Cooperation in the Nuclear Security Sector in Ukraine, Yevhen Kramarenko noted that Ukraine highly values the contribution of the international community to the organization of assistance to the population of Ukraine in a desperate struggle with the aggressor state, a nuclear-terrorist country, and is grateful for the response to the urgent problems of the exclusion zone and informed about the colossal losses caused by hostilities in the territory of the exclusion zone, which was temporarily occupied by the Russian invaders for 35 days, and the looting of the Russian military.
During the meeting, the parties could discuss the state of implementation of current projects, as well as needs, future and urgent activities that should be carried out in support of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Negotiations can be held with the delegations of Norway and the USA within the framework of the planned visit and the development of the exit zones.
During a meeting with the executive director of the World Nuclear Security Institute, Yevhen Kramarenko had the opportunity to discuss future cooperation and expressed his gratitude to Lars van Dassen for his support of Ukraine as a free nation and his interest in documenting new threats to nuclear security, gathering the experience of people related to the nuclear sphere , the story of how the war affected and threatened their professional and personal lives. He assured that DAZV supports efforts to collect and distribute true information about Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and create a historically important truth for future generations.
The general conference became an important platform for continuing the attack on the aggressor country in international organizations and allowed effective measures to be taken to implement the plan for the recovery and development of the Chernobyl zone.
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