Western leaders urge ‘restraint’ around Ukrainian nuclear plant

BERLIN, Germany — The leaders of Britain, France, Germany, and the United States are urging military restraint around the Moscow-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, as they vow to maintain their backing for Kyiv in the war.

In a phone call, the four leaders also call for a “quick visit” to the nuclear site by independent inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s spokesman.

A flare-up in fighting around the Russian-controlled nuclear power station — with both sides blaming each other for attacks — has raised the specter of a disaster worse than in Chernobyl.

On Friday, the French presidency said Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed that IAEA inspectors can travel to the nuclear plant for an inspection.

During their talks today Scholz, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also “agreed that support for Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression would be sustained.”

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