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Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna doubts that IAEA could have inspected hundreds of Ukrainian nuclear facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is able to detect traces of the development of a “dirty bomb”, but Ukraine has hundreds of facilities with radioactive material. Therefore, it is impossible to check everything, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, said in one interview with RIA Novosti. When asked how thorough he thought the inspections carried out by the IAEA were and whether their conclusions could be trusted, he replied:

“The IAEA is a reputable organization which, in principle, is capable of uncovering the manufacture of a dirty bomb under certain circumstances. But there are hundreds, if not thousands, of radioactive material facilities in Ukraine. It is impossible to identify them all check over.”

As Ulyanov noted, the inspectors at each of the sites worked no more than eight hours, maybe even less, so it’s hard to assume that they’d scoured every corner of the massive facilities in that time. He also recalled that the organization deals with nuclear materials such as plutonium, uranium and thorium, but not with radioactive materials such as cesium, cobalt and strontium.

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