Negotiations with the IAEA on the protection zone at the Zaporozhye NPP are not yet possible due to vague Ukraine’s positions and strained relations between Moscow and Kyiv, said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov.

According to him, Kyiv has not yet formulated any proposals that could be considered seriously.

“Of course, things could move faster if direct negotiations were held in a trilateral format, but due to the current state of Russian-Ukrainian relations, this is impossible. Therefore (to the IAEA Director General — Note. ed.) Rafael Grossi I have to engage in “shuttle diplomacy,” the permanent representative of TASS explained.

According to Ulyanov, the opportunity to achieve results through negotiations remains, but it is not yet possible to talk about a quick solution to the problem.

Author Ekaterina Shirokova

Ekaterina Shirokova – journalist, correspondent for the Pravda.Ru news service

Curator Oleg Artyukov

Oleg Artyukov – journalist, columnist for the politics department of Pravda.Ru