Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: Russia remains a supporter to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons

September 04, 2017

Russia will actively support the nuclear non-proliferation regime and peaceful use of nuclear energy, said Mr. Sergei Ryabkov Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the session of the Pugwash Conference in Astana, on August 30, this statement is published at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Mr. Ryabkov said that the established jointly with Kazakhstan International Uranium Enrichment Center is a practical contribution to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and allows, upon request of the IAEA Director General, to supply the material for fabrication of fuel for nuclear reactors. The Russian politician emphasized that the most important factor in achievement of the international stability would be ratification and enactment of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CNTBT) by all states.

Let us remind that CNTBT was opened for signature in 1996 year and has not been enacted insofar. To date it has been signed by 182 states and ratified in 153 ones. The Treaty envisages establishment of international monitoring system consisting of 321 monitoring stations to be capable to collect seismic, hydroacoustic, radionuclide and ultrasound data. As of today 258 stations and 16 radionuclide laboratories have been commissioned . The Russian segment consists of 32 facilities, 19 of which have been already certified.

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