EUROPEAN PRAVDA – SATURDAY, 20 AUGUST 2022, 13:48
Tobias Ellwood, Chair of the Defence Select Committee at the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, has stated that if the Russians orchestrate a deliberate accident at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant with radiation outflow, it must be treated as an attack on NATO states.
Source: tweet by Ellwood on 19 August; European Pravda
Ellwood was commenting on media reports that according to the Ukrainian side, Russia is preparing the ground to accuse Ukraine of attacking the ZNPP.
Quote: "Let’s make it clear now: ANY deliberate damage causing potential radiation leak to a Ukrainian nuclear reactor would be a breach of NATO’s Article 5."
His stance was backed by Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House of Representatives of the US Congress from Illinois.
"That's 100% true. Not even discussed. Any leak will kill people in NATO countries, this is an automatic inclusion of Art. 5," he tweeted.
French president Emmanuel Macron had a phone call with Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday for the first time after a three-month hiatus. They discussed the situation at the ZNPP.
Putin agreed that the IAEA mission could visit the ZNPP during the phone call with Macron.