Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Remarks to the Press by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia following the UNSC meeting regarding the attacks of Ukrainian armed forces on the Zaporozhye NPP

Vassily Nebenzia: We have material evidence that the Ukrainian armed forces are shelling to nuclear power plants, but that is being neglected and the sponsors of the Kiev regime simply covered it. I can share with you the letter we sent today to the SG and the President of the Security Council with photos of material evidence of the NPP shelling which they claim Russia is doing as if it is shelling itself. I can share it with you. You can get acquainted with it. 

There's another topic, that arranged today – the killing of Daria Dugina in Moscow which was made on a clear terrorist basis, I would say. And this is the famous Ukrainian site “Mirotvorets” which showed her picture there with the inscription eliminated. Get acquainted with that. 

Q: Ambassador how do you respond to the West accusations that Russia is going to attack Kiev and make an assault?

A: I haven't seen those accusations, at least in recent days. Where did you find them?

Q: They telling American citizens they should leave Kiev.

A: US made an advice to their citizens to leave Kiev? I do not know what it related to.

Q: What's holding up the IAEA mission? What's the hold up?

A: I think they discuss the technical details. We've been saying consistently we are in favor of the mission. We agreed to the mission in early June and it was not our fault that the mission was not affected at that time. We know whom to blame, but I will not say it clearly now. But now I think it's on the way. We are proceeding with that. I hope as early as perhaps late August, early September the mission may take place. 

Q: And you're okay with the mission coming in through Kiev?

A: That is being negotiated and discussed. I don't know the details.