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It's time for the world to move to more radical sanctions on Russian nuclear energy

Political scientist and expert at United Ukraine Petro Oleshchuk called unlikely the rapid global political effect from the IAEA efforts to reduce nuclear threats due to Russian military crimes in Ukraine.

"I would not express optimistic hopes here. So far, there has been no corresponding effect. We must understand who we are dealing with. If we are dealing with terrorists, and we've seen that since the early stages of the occupation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, it is obvious that they are not going to give up their plans. In this situation, Europe and the world should move to more substantial sanctions against the structures related to atomic energy in Russia, such as Rosatom, to put pressure on Russia," the expert noted.

At the same time, Petro Oleshchuk recognized the necessary systematic work of the mission on the territory of Ukraine, which contributes to rethinking the role of Russia and its propaganda in increasing threats to nuclear security in the world.

"We are dealing with terrorists, so predicting their actions is quite difficult. The IAEA mission, which was personally invited by Volodymyr Zelensky, pursued several goals. First of all, this is an obvious debunking of Russian propaganda, the idiotic stories about Ukraine allegedly producing a "dirty bomb" with the help of nuclear power plants. Russia tried to carry out nuclear blackmail in a similar way. By inviting the mission, Ukraine gave indisputable evidence that no one had thought of something like that. And the only one who can use a "dirty bomb" in Ukraine is the terrorist state of Russia. The second function of the IAEA mission is direct control over what is happening on the territory of nuclear power plants so that Russia has less desire to carry out attacks and shelling of the relevant objects," the political scientist concluded.

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