Live: Erdogan offers Putin his mediation on the Zaporizhia power plant

Published on: 03/09/2022 – 13:31 Turkey can play a facilitating role regarding the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during an interview telephone on Saturday. Follow live the latest developments around the war in Ukraine. 1:21 p.m.: Moscow says it has repelled a Ukrainian assault on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant The Russian military repelled an assault by Ukrainian forces on Friday evening trying to retake the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, said on Saturday the Russian Ministry of Defense during its daily press briefing. More than 250 members of the Ukrainian naval forces tried to land around 23:00 (2000 GMT) on the shore of the lake where the plant is located, the ministry said. , according to which the Russian army repelled them with the help of helicopters and fighter jets. 12:44 p.m .: Ankara can play a facilitating role on Zaporizhia, Erdogan tells Putin Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin the mediation of Turkey to help resolve the crisis around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, occupied by Russian troops. “President Erdogan has said that Turkey can play a facilitating role on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, as it did on the grain agreement” whose exports were blocked by the war, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. 12:40 p.m .: the EU is ready to resist a total shutdown of Russian gas, says Gentiloni The European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni assured Saturday that the European Union was “well prepared” in the event of a total shutdown of deliveries of Russian gas, thanks to storage and energy saving measures. “We are well prepared to resist Russia’s extreme use of the gas weapon,” he told reporters. on the sidelines of the economic forum organized by The European House – Ambrosetti in Cernobbio, on Lake Como.”We are not afraid of Putin’s decisions, we ask the Russians to respect the contracts, but if they do not , we are ready to react”, he underlined. The Russian giant Gazprom announced on Friday that the Nord Stream gas pipeline, linking Russia to northern Germany, which was to resume service this Saturday after an interruption of three days for maintenance operations, would finally be “completely” stopped until the repair ion of a turbine, without specifying a time frame. 3:33 a.m .: no visas yet to go to the UN General Assembly, Russia worries no visa from the United States for the visit in September to the UN General Assembly of its delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, according to the text seen Friday by AFP. “As of September 1, no of the 56 Russian representatives (…) received entry visas for the United States” in the run-up to the high-level week of the General Assembly from September 20 to 26 in New York, writes the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia in this letter to Antonio Guterres. “The same situation exists for the journalists and the crew members of our minister’s flight”. “It is all the more worrying that, in recent months, the American authorities have repeatedly refused to grant visas to a number of Russian delegates to participate in official UN events,” he said, calling on the United States to respect “their legal obligations” and to “promptly grant” the requested visas. With AFP and Reuters