Russian Foreign Ministry considers full ban of nuclear weapons unrealistic
The Russian Foreign Ministry considers unrealistic the initiative concerning a conference on an international convention on full banning of nuclear weapons, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation and weapons control department, Mikhail Ulyanov, said.
The diplomat said, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly had adopted a report "containing recommendations to organize talks on an international convention on full banning of nuclear weapons.
"We consider this initiative absolutely far from reality, and, in fact, even harmful," TASS cited the diplomat as saying.
"The Russian side is guided by the agreements reached as part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). These agreements envisage gradually moving towards building a nuclear-free world. This movement should be done so that strategic stability and equal security for all are maintained in the world," he said.
"We are fully committed to this thesis. We believe that an attempt to bury it in oblivion or revise it is counterproductive," Ulyanov stressed. "It is evident that neither Russia nor other nuclear powers will participate in the negotiations on banning nuclear weapons," he added.