Moscow agrees to the IAEA inspection in Zaporizhzhia. Gazprom closes Nord Stream for three days

Moscow denounces Ukrainian 'provocations' to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, but would have given the go-ahead for an IAEA inspection of the plant. Putin will meet Xi Jinping. Gazprom still blocks the pipeline. In the night anti-aircraft sirens in Kiev

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The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant continues to monopolize international attention on war. If on the one hand Moscow denounces Ukrainian 'provocations' in a letter to the UN, on the other Emmanuel Macron managed to snatch Putin’s okay from the IAEA inspection of the plant. The Kremlin leader will meet Xi Jinping next month in Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, the EU replies to Dmitri Medvedev who, entering straight on the votes, had asked European citizens to 'punish' their governments in the voting booth: 'The Putin regime seeks to undermine the unity of the EU'. Gas records a record of € 262 per megawatt hour and Gazprom announces a new closure of the Nord Stream gas pipeline by the end of August: a three-day stop. - Photo | video | video 1 | video 2 | video 3

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WAR FRONT - In the night the anti-aircraft sirens sounded, as they had not done for some time, in Kiev, as well as in other Ukrainian cities: Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Sumy, Chernihiv, Lviv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk. The death toll from the missile attack that hit an apartment building in Kharkiv is further worsening. Dmytro Chubenko, spokesman for the regional prosecutor's office, says: “16 deaths have already been reported in the building in the Saltivskyi district. Rescuers recovered the body of a 50-year-old woman. Also identified another body, probably of a man. In the Slobidskyi district, search and rescue operations have ended. The final figure is five deaths ”. Instead, complaints against Ukraine come from Crimea. According to local authorities, Russian air defense systems have intercepted and repelled an attack carried out by drones in Yevpatoria and Sevastopol. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted the long-awaited news from Volodymyr Zelensky: “US $ 775 million worth of US military weapons and equipment has been allocated for the defense of Ukraine. The United States continues to stand by Ukraine and its brave defenders '.

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OK TO THE IAEA INSPECTION - But it is always the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant that magnetizes international concerns. Speaking to the BBC, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres describes a 'very confused' situation in the area. And he adds: 'It is a priority to stop military activities around the nuclear power plant'. Emmanuel Macron had an interview with Putin on the subject, at the end of which the Elysée announced Moscow’s green light for an IAEA inspection of the plant. A note from the Kremlin instead reports the words of the Russian leader addressed to Macron: 'The systematic bombing by the Ukrainian army of the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant creates the danger of a large-scale catastrophe that could lead to the contamination of vast territories' . Russia, in this regard, has sent a letter to the United Nations in which, according to the Tass agency, the 'provocations' of Kiev at the plant are denounced.

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EU AGAINST MEDVEDEV - After the harsh words of Dmitri Medveved, who invited European citizens to 'punish' their governments in the voting booth, the EU's response arrives: 'These observations are one of the many attempts by the Putin regime to undermine the determination and unity of the EU in condemning at the highest level Russia's illegitimate and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine ”. But in Moscow they continue to add fuel to the fire, with the alarm launched by the Secretary of the National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev: “If there is a disaster, the consequences will reach all corners of the world. Washington, London and their minions will have the responsibility ”. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reveals that Putin will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan in September. The newspaper highlights how the face-to-face could be a response to Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, considered by Beijing to be an interference in its internal affairs. The Russian federal service for the supervision of communications and information systems finally said that punitive measures could be taken against a number of foreign companies, including TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Discord and Pinterest.

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NORD STREAM CLOSES - The price of gas continues to rise and soars in Amsterdam to 262.78 euros per megawatt hour, before closing at 244.55 euros. But today a further rise is feared due to the news released by Gazprom on the closure of the Nord Stream gas pipeline from 31 August to 2 September. Once again the justification adopted is that of 'maintenance'.

Source: oggi.it