On the meeting of "Putin-Zelensky" and "Novey Zaporizhia" .. a Ukrainian official speaks to "Sky News Arabia"

On the meeting of “Putin-Zelensky” and “Novey Zaporizhia” .. a Ukrainian official speaks to “Sky News Arabia”

Mikitenko also touched on the measures taken by his country and some European countries to provide the necessary needs for gas, before the coming winter, with the shortage of Russian gas supplies.

Nuclear Zaporizhia in the Security Council

Mikitenko, who worked as a former ambassador for his country to a number of Arab countries, began his speech to "Sky News Arabia" Expressing his country’s great satisfaction with the discussions that took place in Lviv, which included the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of Ukraine and his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mikitenko revealed that the meeting in Lviv had agreed to request a meeting of the UN Security Council on August 24; To discuss the current situation at the Zaporizhia plant, and to take the necessary measures to protect the nuclear plant, expecting the United Nations delegation to visit the plant in the coming days.

But he emphasized at the same time "The importance of the visit of the UN delegation to take place through Ukrainian territory, "We are ready to provide all facilities, assistance and necessary protection to the United Nations delegation".

At the conclusion of the meeting in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, the Secretary-General of the United Nations had warned of "nuclear suicide" In Zaporizhia, stressing the need "Get weapons and soldiers out of the station".

A quarter of Ukraine’s energy

A prominent Ukrainian diplomat noted that "Zaporizhia, which is located in the southeast of Ukraine, includes 5 reactors that were inaugurated during the period of the Soviet Union, and only one generator in 1993 at the time of Ukraine’s independence"noting that the plant contributes to generating 25 percent of Ukraine’s energy.

Russian forces have controlled the nuclear plant since early March, but Ukrainian technicians are still operating it under Russian supervision.

The United Nations has proposed to help facilitate the visit of IAEA inspectors to Zaporizhia from Kyiv, but Russia has said that any mission passing through the Ukrainian capital will be "very serious".

Parallel to his country’s diplomatic moves to provide the necessary protection measures for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine confirmed, "Continuing the operations required to liberate and restore the occupied territories of his country"He thanked the West and neighboring countries for the various aids provided to his country.

And he said "We study the matter very carefully, and point out that the Russian war began 8 years ago when Moscow occupied the Crimea (27 thousand km2), and after the Russian attack on the country on February 24, the area of ​​the occupied territories reached about 20 percent.".

Earlier, according to a Russian military source, he spoke to "Sky News Arabia"the Russian army changed plans in Crimea, including the transfer of military bases, the distribution of warplanes, and the deployment of 430 military helicopters around Ukraine, in order to avoid the recurrence of attacks on military bases and facilities in Crimea in recent days.

Meeting "Putin – Zelensky"?

In the midst of this burning situation on the ground, and to the question about the possibility of returning to the negotiating table with Russia to end the current crisis, he replied: I confirm what President Zelensky said that restoring peace talks with Russia comes after progress in restoring the occupied Ukrainian lands.".

He added: "We desire peace, but a just and solid peace that respects the sovereignty of nations".

Talking about the chances of holding a meeting between the Ukrainian president and his Russian counterpart, he said: There is talk of a possible meeting between the two presidents in Indonesia during the G-20 summit next November, and awaiting the Ukrainian decision regarding Zelensky’s participation in the summit.".

new african tour

In a related context, the Adviser to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister expressed his country’s satisfaction with the results of the participation of Ukraine’s Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa a few days ago via the Internet, in the emergency meeting of the Arab League, saying "Very satisfied with the results of the meeting"

He highlighted that the trade exchange in 2020 between Ukraine and the Arab countries amounted to about $8 billion, and at the same level there is trade exchange between Ukraine and Africa.

He revealed that the Ukrainian envoy is currently ready to visit a number of African countries, followed by another extended visit by Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

Winter and gas measures

And on Ukraine’s preparations for the winter with fears of a lack of Russian energy supplies, Mikitenko told "Sky News Arabia" : "We started coordinating and working with European countries several months ago; To plug the gas supply in winter".

Turning to meet the required needs of gas "There are special preparations for this in Ukraine. We have large underground tanks to maintain gas that includes 70 percent of the needs; We are sure that despite all the difficulties, we will pass this difficult stage".

In this regard, the Ukrainian diplomat reviewed the necessary measures taken by his country and European countries in preparation for the upcoming winter. He explained: With regard to central heating in different buildings and homes in winter, the government issued instructions that the heating temperature should be 18 instead of 21, as well as reducing the water temperature in water heaters in homes.".

Among the necessary measures, it is recommended to use electric heaters instead of gas, and that heating in the countryside is not only with gas, but also with coal and wood.".

And the decision of the Russian giant Gazprom’s announcement increased the suspension of Russian gas shipments to Europe for a period of three days, from August 31 to September 2, with the aim of "maintenance"Fears of an energy shortage in Europe.

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The source indicated that the attendees agreed to request a meeting of the Security Council on August 24; To discuss the repercussions of the war, the current state of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, and measures for its protection.

In a lengthy interview with “Sky News Arabia”, the Ukrainian official talked about the chances of holding a meeting between President Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and the possibility of returning to the negotiating table to reach diplomatic solutions to the Russian war, which has entered its sixth month.

Mikitenko also touched on the measures taken by his country and some European countries to provide the necessary needs for gas, before the coming winter, with the shortage of Russian gas supplies.

Nuclear Zaporizhia in the Security Council

Mikitenko, who served as his country’s former ambassador to a number of Arab countries, began his speech to “Sky News Arabia” by expressing his country’s great satisfaction with the discussions that took place in Lviv, which included the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Ukrainian President and his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mikitenko revealed that the meeting in Lviv had agreed to request a meeting of the UN Security Council on August 24; To discuss the current situation at the Zaporizhia plant, and to take the necessary measures to protect the nuclear plant, expecting the United Nations delegation to visit the plant in the coming days.

But at the same time, he stressed, “the importance of the visit of the UN delegation to take place through Ukrainian territory, and we are ready to provide all facilities, assistance and provide the necessary protection for the UN delegation.”

At the conclusion of the meeting in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, the Secretary-General of the United Nations warned of “nuclear suicide” in Zaporizhia, stressing the need to “remove the weapons and the military from the station.”

A quarter of Ukraine’s energy

The prominent Ukrainian diplomat noted that “the Zaporizhia plant, located in the southeast of Ukraine, includes 5 reactors that were inaugurated during the Soviet Union period, and only one generator in 1993 at the time of Ukraine’s independence,” noting that the station contributes to generating 25 percent of Ukraine’s energy.

Russian forces have controlled the nuclear plant since early March, but Ukrainian technicians are still operating it under Russian supervision.

The United Nations has proposed helping facilitate a visit by IAEA inspectors to Zaporizhia from Kyiv, but Russia has said any mission passing through the Ukrainian capital would be “extremely dangerous”.

Parallel to his country’s diplomatic moves to provide the necessary protection measures for the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine confirmed, “the continuation of the operations required to liberate and restore his country’s occupied lands,” thanking the West and neighboring countries for the various assistance provided to his country.

“We are studying the matter very carefully, and point out that the Russian war began 8 years ago when Moscow occupied the Crimea (27 thousand km2), and after the Russian attack on the country on February 24, the area of ​​the occupied territories reached about 20 percent,” he said.

Earlier, according to a Russian military source who spoke to “Sky News Arabia”, the Russian army changed plans in Crimea, including the transfer of military bases, the distribution of warplanes, and the deployment of 430 military helicopters around Ukraine, in order to avoid the recurrence of attacks on military bases and facilities in Crimea. Last.

Putin-Zelensky meeting?

Amid this burning situation on the ground, and to the question about the possibility of returning to the negotiating table with Russia to end the current crisis, he replied: I confirm what President Zelensky said that restoring peace talks with Russia comes after progress in restoring the occupied Ukrainian lands.

He added: “We desire peace, but a just and solid peace that respects the sovereignty of states.”

Talking about the chances of holding a meeting between the Ukrainian president and his Russian counterpart, he said: There is talk of a possible meeting between the two presidents in Indonesia during the G-20 summit next November, and waiting for the Ukrainian decision regarding Zelensky’s participation in the summit.

new african tour

In a related context, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister’s Adviser expressed his country’s satisfaction with the results of the participation of Ukraine’s Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa a few days ago via the Internet, in the emergency meeting of the Arab League, saying, “We are very satisfied with the results of the meeting.”

He highlighted that the trade exchange in 2020 between Ukraine and the Arab countries amounted to about $8 billion, and at the same level there is trade exchange between Ukraine and Africa.

He revealed that the Ukrainian envoy is currently ready to visit a number of African countries, followed by another extended visit by Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

Winter and gas measures

And regarding Ukraine’s preparations for the winter season, with fears of a lack of Russian energy supplies, Mikitenko told Sky News Arabia: “We started coordinating and working with European countries several months ago to plug gas supplies in the winter.”

He referred to meeting the required needs of gas, “There are special preparations for this matter in Ukraine. We have large underground tanks to preserve gas, which include 70 percent of the needs, and we are sure that despite all the difficulties we will pass through this difficult stage.”

In this regard, the Ukrainian diplomat reviewed the necessary measures taken by his country and European countries in preparation for the upcoming winter. He explained: With regard to central heating in different buildings and homes in winter, the government has issued instructions that the heating temperature should be 18 instead of 21, as well as reducing the water temperature in water heaters in homes.

Among the necessary measures, it is recommended to use electric heaters instead of gas, and that heating in the countryside is not only with gas, but also with coal and wood.

The decision by the Russian giant Gazprom to suspend Russian gas shipments to Europe for three days, from August 31 to September 2, for the purpose of “maintenance”, increased fears of an energy shortage in Europe.


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