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Live blog: Unbiased assessment of ‘difficult’ nuclear power plant

Russian interference would make it difficult for the UN’s nuclear watchdog to assess Zaporizhzhia impartially, Ukraine’s state nuclear company said on the 191st day of the conflict.

A 14-member UN inspection team entered Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Thursday as part of a mission to protect it from disaster, (Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Friday, September 2, 2022

Currently ‘difficult’ for IAEA to impartially assess nuclear plant, Ukraine says

Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom said it would be “difficult” for the United Nations nuclear watchdog to make an unbiased assessment of the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant because of Russian interference.

Energoatom also said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission, which arrived at the plant on Thursday, was not allowed to enter the plant’s crisis center, where Ukraine says Russia stationed troops.

“The Russians did not allow the mission to enter the crisis center (of the power plant), where Russian military personnel are currently stationed, whom the IAEA representatives were not supposed to see,” Energoatom wrote on Telegram.

Norwegian energy group Equinor finalizes exit from Russia

Equinor has completed its exit from Russia, the Norwegian energy group said, delivering on a promise made after Russia’s assault on Ukraine in February.

It is the first full and orderly exit from Russia by an international oil and gas company, as pressure to leave mounts on others, such as TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil.

G7 finance chiefs see progress on Russian oil price cap plan

Group of Seven finance ministers are expected to follow through on their plans to impose a cap on Russian oil prices aimed at reducing Moscow’s war revenue in Ukraine while maintaining crude oil to avoid price spikes, officials said. G7 officials.

Ministers from the club of wealthy industrial democracies are to meet virtually and are expected to issue a statement outlining their implementation plans.

“A deal is likely,” a G7 EU official said, adding that it was unclear how many details would be revealed, such as the level of the price cap per barrel, above which compliant countries would opt out. insurance and financing of Russian crude and petroleum product shipments.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies