Russia’s Irresponsible Nuclear Rhetoric Contradicts Its Commitments

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Peter Kavinsky

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda denounced Moscow’s actions that threatened catastrophe at the ZNPP, as well as Russia’s irresponsible rhetoric about the possible use of nuclear weapons.

Nauseda stated this during a speech at the UN General Assembly, reports Ukrinform.

“The last few months have shown that the danger of a nuclear catastrophe in Europe is imminent. The deployment of Russian military personnel and weapons at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is alarming and completely unacceptable. This violates the principles of technical and physical security to which all members of the IAEA have committed themselves. A nuclear power plant should never be used as a military base,” Nauseda said.

He pointed out that Russia’s irresponsible rhetoric about the possible use of nuclear weapons “directly contradicts her role as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.” It also contradicts the commitments made by Russia in the January statement by the leaders of the five members of the UN Security Council (possession of nuclear weapons – ed.) to prevent nuclear war and an arms race.

Also read: Ukraine has never had problems with the IAEA, they appeared after the Russian attack – Horbulin

According to Nauseda, there is thus a huge gap between the statement and actual actions that undermine the credibility of one of the permanent members of the Security Council, namely Russia. The international community must collectively condemn such actions and demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all Russian troops from the entire Ukrainian territory.

Russia must also stop irresponsible and dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behavior. “This should include the withdrawal of the army from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” the Lithuanian leader said.

Also read: Kuleba: The only way to guarantee nuclear safety in Europe is to return the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant to Ukraine

Separately, he noted the UN Secretary General’s efforts to resolve the Russian-inspired nuclear problem. Nauseda also praised António Guterres’ role in overcoming the food crisis caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

As reported, on September 20, the general debates of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly began, where the heads of state, government leaders and heads of foreign affairs of the member states took the floor.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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