PUTIN’s decision to let international observers into Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to run safety inspections might indicate “common sense has penetrated into some areas of the Kremlin”.
Former Secretary General of NATO Lord George Robertson reacted to Putin’s agreement to let international inspectors into Zaporizhzhia nuclear plat amid fears of radioactivity releases and said the move might suggest that common sense has now reached the Kremlin. Despite acknowledging that it is “difficult to trust anything that Russians say”, he assessed that Putin’s inspections concession at the nuclear plant might indicate that Russians are not going to anything aggressive at Zaporizhzhia as any damage would directly affect Russia and “take any radioactivity from Zaporizhzhia into the heartland” of the country.
Mr Robertson told Times Radio: “We can only judge them by what’s happened rather than their promises, but you know that grain ships are now leaving Odessa.
“In one way this is an illustration of the fact that common sense has penetrated into some areas of the Kremlin.
“The nuclear power plant here is also another one, which is a double edge sword for the Russians.
“If anything happened to that nuclear plant, it affects Russia as well.
“Prevailing winds would take any radioactivity from Zaporizhzhia into the heartland of Russia.
“There is a common interest involved here, and although it’s difficult to trust anything that the Russians actually say, what they’ve done in the past, especially over the grain ships from Odessa, does tend to suggest that they move to their own self-interest before they look at the international interest.”
Referring to the situation at the plant, he added: “It’s very worrying because the implications of a nuclear power plant being in the centre of a battle must concern all of us, but the United Nations is involved.
“The Russian have now acquiesced to the idea of International inspects getting to the side, and that must be of some reassurance to us that at least the Russians recognise the dangers that are involved here.