BUCHAREST – The Romanian Ministry of Health has announced the distribution of potassium-iodine pills to all residents
with an age limit of up to 40 years, including infants. The European Union (EU) member state joins Finland, Bulgaria, Belgium and several other countries that have also provided the drugs to their residents amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
A campaign to teach citizens how to store and manage the anti-radiation tablets will start in the country this week. Mariupol The pill can help reduce the impact of radiation on the human body system. The frightening threat of nuclear war itself seems to be the reason for the Romanian government’s decision.
“The distribution of the tablets will start in the second half of April after the relevant legal procedures are established,” the Romanian Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Romania shares a 614 kilometer border with Ukraine which operates four nuclear power plants. After the Ukraine conflict, the European Union urged member states to stockpile iodine pills, which are quickly becoming a scarce product. Other radiation-related drugs have also been mentioned by the EU for stockpiling with nuclear protective suits.
Brussels also said it was stepping up preparations for a possible chemical or biological attack. In early March, a fire at Ukraine’s Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant, which had been seized by Russian troops, made international headlines tag lines. The fire was quickly extinguished, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saying, “There is no critical impact on safety at the facility.”
Moscow has also shown it has thwarted efforts by so-called Ukrainian radicals to cut electricity supply to the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant that was the site of the world’s most catastrophic nuclear disaster in 1986. Russia put its nuclear weapons on high alert days after launching its military operation in the area. Ukraine. Moscow called the “aggressive statements” made by NATO and the harsh financial sanctions imposed on Moscow by the West.
Moscow attacked its neighbors in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreement signed in 2014 and Russia’s recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
A protocol brokered by Germany and France has been designed to regulate the status of these territories within the Ukrainian state. Russia is now demanding that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack is completely unwarranted and has denied claims it plans to retake rebel territory by force.