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  • Affiliation : Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Security Council
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Arms Control at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

19.05.2015

NEW YORK, MAY 19, 2015. PIR PRESS – “In 2007, Russia and the United States came up with a joint proposal to impart a multilateral character to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. Eight years later, isn’t it the time to return to this idea?” - Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.

On May 12, 2015, Russia and the United States held a joint briefing on the sidelines of the NPT Review Conference on the implementation of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty). The briefing featured presentations by Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, and Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Russian and American officials also addressed issues of bilateral cooperation in the area of arms control, in particular within the framework of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty).

During the question and answer session, Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director, drew participants’ attention to the proposal to impart a multilateral character to the INF Treaty. According to Andrey Baklitskiy, “In 2007, Russia and the United States came up with a joint proposal to impart a multilateral character to the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. Eight years later, isn’t it the time to return to this idea?”

In response, Mikhail Ulyanov pointed out that when Russia and the United States concluded the INF Treaty, they agreed to discriminatory conditions because all other states continued to develop intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles. He acknowledged that other countries did not express their interest in participating in the INF Treaty, but Russia was still ready for a dialogue on this issue. Rose Gottemoeller confirmed that the United States also supported the initiative.

The idea of multilateralizing the INF Treaty was proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 12, 2007 in a meeting with Russian and American foreign and defense ministers. On October 25, 2007, Russia and the United States issued a joint statement on the INF Treaty at the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Inter alia, it called for a discussion of the possibility of imparting a global character to INF Treaty commitments.

According to the statement: “The Russian Federation and the United States call on all interested countries to discuss the possibility of imparting a global character to this important regime through the renunciation of ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, leading to destruction of any such missiles and the cessation of associated programmes. Such a renunciation would serve to strengthen the international nuclear missile non-proliferation effort.”

Full text of the joint statement is available on PIR Center website.

On Wednesday May 20, 2015 PIR Center will hold a seminar “From Words to Actions: Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament from 2010 to 2015 and beyond” as a side event to the NPT Review Conference. The seminar will take place in the conference room D from 13:15 to 14:30. Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry; Founder and Special Advisor, PIR Center and Mr. Andrey A. Baklitskiy, “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director, PIR Center will present Russian expert views on the nonproliferation and disarmament. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director, Acronym Institute will provide commentaries.

For updates on the 2015 NPT Review Conference you can follow us on Twitter: PIR Center – https://twitter.com/pir_center; Vladimir Orlov – https://twitter.com/orlov_pircenter; and Andrey Baklitskiy – https://twitter.com/baklitskiy.

For all the questions regarding PIR Center’s participation in the 2015 NPT Review Conference, please contact “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by e-mail: baklitsky at pircenter.org, phone: +1 (609) 401 39 98

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