Moscow “strongly believes that lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi accident should be learned to prevent its reoccurrence in future,” said First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to UN Alexander Pankin addressing the plenary of the 66-the UN General Assembly session’s debate on address by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday.
From Russia’s viewpoint, “a thorough and professional analysis of causes and development path of this accident, as well as its consequences must be carried out with the IAEA playing a central role of the sole international organization which possesses necessary experience and authorities”, the Russia’s representative said.
Pankin said that Moscow “welcomes results of the June 2011 IAEA Ministerial Conference on nuclear safety dedicated to the accident at NPP in Japan and adoption by its participants a joint declaration which confirms the necessity of enhancement of the international legal framework as well as technological and organizational aspects of the nuclear safety.”
The Russian diplomat noted that the declaration’s content ”is in line with the proposals made by the President of Russia and aimed at bridging the current gaps in relevant international legal documents.” He clarified that these were supplements to the Convention of the Nuclear Safety and the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident. Besides, Russia has forwarded proposals on enhancement of the IAEA safety standards, according to Pankin. He expressed hope that the Russian initiative will “be broadly supported and implemented.”