Macron will call Putin about the Ukrainian strikes, the safety of nuclear power plants | Daily News Byte

Macron will call Putin about the Ukrainian strikes, the safety of nuclear power plants

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he would call on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop bombing civilians in Ukraine and to finalize a security plan for Europe’s largest nuclear reactor.

“The most pressing issue today is to continue calling for a ceasefire on bombings and drone strikes,” Macron told a press conference after the summit in Brussels on Thursday, AFP reported.

“I intend to discuss this issue with Putin, because obviously these attacks… some of them are war crimes, they (target) civilian infrastructure and civilians themselves.”

The French president said he hoped “some powers, China, India and others” would join the pressure campaign on Russia.

Earlier this week, Hun Sen, Cambodia’s prime minister and current chairman of the ASEAN regional bloc, joined Macron in calling for an immediate end to air and drone strikes against civilians and infrastructure.

Macron is also involved in negotiations led by the UN nuclear watchdog to ensure the safety of five nuclear power plants in Ukraine, including the continent’s largest, in Russian-occupied Zaporozhye.

According to Macron, the goal is to remove weapons and armed forces from nuclear facilities.

Kiev has accused Moscow of turning nuclear power plants into targets in attacks that have sparked deep alarm around the world, while Putin has also stepped up veiled threats of potential nuclear attacks.

“When the moment is right, I will invite President Putin to try to help finalize these agreements,” he added.


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