He noted that the IAEA requested assistance from the UN in organizing a mission to the site, but the world organization is somewhat aloof from this issue.

According to Ulyanov, the role of the UN was to ensure that the security department had to "give the green light" to the trip, and everything else was the prerogative of the IAEA.

“We worked very closely with the agency in May-June and prepared the visit.

At the last moment, the UN Secretariat blocked it without a clear explanation of the reasons,” the diplomat said in an interview with TASS.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the position of the UN Secretary General on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant "raises questions."

According to Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, in the event of a catastrophe at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, responsibility will fall on Western sponsors of Kyiv.