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IntMin Bode: There is no radiation danger or an intensification of the radiation levels in Romania

Interior Minister Lucian Bode (photo) said on Friday that in Romania there is no radiation danger or an intensification of the radiation levels after Russian forces fired at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine.

“The nuclear power plant was not attacked. There was an attack in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant and it is very good that we did not have such a direct attack on the nuclear power plant. You have seen the reports by the bodies in charge, for instance CNCAN [the National Nuclear Activity Control Committee]. Looking at experts’ reporting, we see that at this moment in Romania there is no radiation danger and no intensification of the radiation levels. We have to tell Romanians that there is no danger, but all the organisations of the Romanian state must be on alert in such a situation. We, in our area of responsibility, when we make decisions, we will present them publicly. For now, we are looking at the reports that we have and we do not have reported dangers,” he told a news conference at the Government House.

Government spokesman Dan Carbunaru said CNCAN was “in constant contact” with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regarding the announcement of the minister of health about potassium iodide, Carbunaru said that he confirms the fact that the Romanian authorities are taking the necessary measures to be prepared to respond in any situation.

“At the moment, we are dealing only with rhetoric from the Russian Federation, which uses practically this type of message in a context in which we have a military aggression launched in Ukraine and various forms of communication with the West. The fact that the Ministry of Health announces that it is ready to handle this situation confirms that the Romanian government takes seriously its tasks and responsibilities to protect the health and safety of the population, but we are in a situation of rhetoric in the public space practiced by the Russian Federation. We are not talking about an imminent risk situation that would occur and generate such implementations of measures in Romania,” Carbunaru said, according to Agerpres.

The Ministry of Health warned on Friday that potassium iodide should not be used prophylactically, as it can cause thyroid damage.

The ministry’s statement comes after public discussions about the use of potassium iodide in the event of a nuclear incident. According to the ministry, SC Antibiotice SA is the local maker of potassium iodide, which is stored by the National Administration of State Reserves and Special Issues.

 

Over 172,000 Ukrainian citizens entered Romania, out of whom over 58,000 remained in the country and 1,897 applied for asylum

 

Interior Minister Lucian Bode said on Friday that as of March 4 in the morning, 172,935 Ukrainian citizens entered Romania, out of whom 58,106 remained in the country and 1,897 applied for asylum.

“At the meeting convened by the prime minister, I presented information on the transit at the state borders with Ukraine and Moldova from the beginning of the conflict on February 24 until today, March 4, 06:00hrs, local. There were 172,935 Ukrainian nationals having entered Romania, 114,829 of whom chose to leave Romania, so there are currently 58,106 Ukrainian citizens in Romania, and so far we have listed 1,897 Ukrainian citizens seeking asylum in Romania. At our six asylum centres, there are 250 Ukrainian citizens,” Bode told a news conference at the Government House.

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca convened for Friday a meeting of the task force managing the situation generated by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

 

Photo: www.gov.ro

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