Lavrov: Russia does not intend to accede to the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons


UN 18 Jan. /TASS/. Moscow has no plans to accede to the Treaty banning nuclear weapons (the NPT by). This was stated on Thursday, the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a UN security Council meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

“Russia does not intend to accede to the Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, he said. – We believe that the complete elimination of nuclear weapons is only possible in the context of General and complete disarmament, in terms of ensuring equal and indivisible security for all, including for holders of nuclear weapons, as envisaged by the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons”.

As emphasized by the Russian foreign Minister, in the NPT by ignoring the necessity of taking into account all factors affecting strategic stability. “It also provokes deep divisions between members of the international community and could have a destabilizing effect on the nonproliferation regime,” he added.

“I want to emphasize: we share the goal of building a nuclear-free world, however, to achieve this goal should be no such unilateral methods are the basis of the Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons”, – concluded Lavrov.

The Minister noted that the failure of the nuclear deal with Iran will be a Wake-up call to international security, including the settlement around North Korea.

“Among the primary concrete steps to preserve at the current stage of the nuclear nonproliferation regime – the unification of efforts to ensure sustainable implementation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, he said. – It is obvious that the failure of the AGREEMENT, especially through the fault of one of participants of group “5+1″ will be a Wake-up call for the entire architecture of international security, including the prospects for resolving the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula. Reaffirm the relevance of the proposed Russia and China have a roadmap in the interests of a peaceful settlement of this problem.”

The Russian foreign Minister recalled that “the UN security Council supported the AGREEMENT, unanimously adopting the relevant resolution, and, therefore, responsible for it.” “Iran adheres strictly to its obligations, which is regularly confirmed by the International atomic energy Agency”, he added.

“The vast majority of the international community recognizes that SVPD is making a tangible contribution to strengthening the non-proliferation regime and maintaining peace and security, Lavrov stressed. – Not in favor of political interests of individual countries to abandon the real achievements of multilateral diplomacy, which is the result of efforts not only to the participants of the agreement, but many others supported their countries, including Kazakhstan”.

The Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted in new York on 7 July 2017 following negotiations, in which participated the nuclear powers, including Russia, UK, China, USA and France. In accordance with the text of the document, the parties undertake “never under any circumstances” develop, test, produce and stockpile nuclear weapons and use it or threaten to use them. Countries that joined the agreement, will also be prohibited to place on its territory nuclear weapons of other States.

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