Overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster and the development of nuclear energy were the topics for discussion during the meeting by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi.
The Prime Minister noted that the Chornobyl tragedy had shaken the world and forced to change approaches to the development of nuclear energy.
"For the 35 years, Ukraine has been overcoming the aftereffects of the accident together with other partner countries. Our objective is to turn the Chornobyl facility into an environmentally friendly system. In particular, today a license was issued for the operation of the dry spent nuclear fuel storage facility - SNFS-2 of the Chornobyl NPP, which will allow moving nuclear fuel from the SNFS-1 storage facility, built during the liquidation of the accident in 1986," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister added that Ukraine had developed a strategy for the transition to renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, the document also stipulates for the development of nuclear energy in Ukraine.
"Nuclear energy is the basis of Ukraine's energy system. Our nuclear energy industry operates in accordance with national and international standards and IAEA requirements for ensuring nuclear and radiation safety. At the same time, Ukraine demonstrates the reliability and transparency of the existing system of control over nuclear materials," the Head of Government stressed.
Moreover, Denys Shmyhal informed Rafael Mariano Grossi that in 2023 the Ukrainian energy system should be synchronized with the European ENTSO-E network. According to him, this will contribute to the further development of the nuclear energy sector in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister thanked the IAEA for the assistance in overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl disaster as well as in transforming the facility into an environmentally friendly system.