Although there is very little risk that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will escalate into a nuclear conflict, the presence of a major war so close to its borders has revived the atomic threat within the European Union.
Brussels has taken the decision to improve its means of protection in the event of a nuclear incident. The European Commission thus encourages Member States to stockpile iodine tablets and anti-radiation suits.
“The commission is working to improve its preparedness in the areas of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats”told the Financial Times a spokesman for the institution.
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If the commission affirms that these measures were planned before the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, it is difficult to believe that the Russian nuclear arsenal put on alert and the NATO warnings about the potential use of chemical weapons by Vladimir Putin have nothing to do with it.
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The lack of resources was highlighted at the end of February when fighting took place around the Chernobyl power plant and raised the risk of radioactive leaks.
Pharmacies in neighboring countries, including Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, were stormed and quickly ran out of iodine tablets, which help prevent developing thyroid cancer in case of intensive radiation.
Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, deputy La République en Marche in the European Parliament, warns: “We have to learn lessons from Covid. We need measures specific to nuclear sites. We are not ready. We don’t have the stocks.”