Foreign Ministry: Moscow will not sign the Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons

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МИД: Москва не станет подписывать Договор о запрещении ядерного оружия

Russia will never sign the Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons (the NPT by), its content is at odds with the Moscow representation of a nuclear-free world, Interfax reported the statement by the Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

МИД: Москва не станет подписывать Договор о запрещении ядерного оружия

I want to confirm that with regard to all the circumstances Russia has no intention to sign and ratify the new Treaty. Call upon the international community to adhere to the nuclear disarmament of proven approaches developed by consensus in the framework of the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT) and confirmed its effectiveness

Ulyanov said at the UN General Assembly.

He stressed that Russia can “give a positive rating to this agreement.”

In its content it is significantly at odds with our notion of a nuclear-free world. It does not meet the provisions of the NPT, according to which the complete destruction of stocks of nuclear weapons shall be in accordance with the Treaty on General and complete disarmament, said Ulyanov.
Russia “respects the views of those who advocated the early abolition of nuclear weapons and shares the goal of a nuclear free world,” he said.

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But we understand that this is a long term goal which should be phased, and that the work in this direction should be pursued in terms of strengthening strategic stability and given the national security interests of all countries. If you talk about how and when to introduce a ban on nuclear weapons, it will be expedient on one of the last stages of the process of nuclear disarmament in order to ensure the irreversibility of the results achieved

, said the diplomat.
According to him, “individual provisions of the NPT by cause very serious issues”.

For example, the participants recognized the right of withdrawal from the Treaty, in fact, in the notification procedure upon the occurrence of certain exceptional circumstances. It turns out that it contained prohibitions are reversible. When you consider that we are talking about a possible waiver of the prohibition on nuclear weapons to non-nuclear countries, it immediately raises the question of how this fits with NPT obligations,

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said Ulyanov.
In addition, one of the articles of the Treaty”, NPT by positioning as a priority in relation to other existing international agreements.”

It turns out that the parties to the NPT by may at their discretion abandon their obligations under other treaties, including, obviously, the NPT. If so, can we say that the new Treaty strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime, according to its authors?

the Russian diplomat said.
Moscow also “alarming lack of clarity of a “competent international authority”, which aims to play a key role in fulfilling the NPT by,” he said.

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