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The second meeting of the Russian-US working group on the NPT Review Process was held in Geneva

13.02.2017

GENEVA, FEBRUARY 13, 2017. PIR PRESS. – “The Russian-US meeting was devoted to an expert discussion of practical issues concerning the preparations for the forthcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was an important and interesting discussion, not too inspiring but not discouraging either”. – Ambassador Yury Nazarkin, participant of the Russian-American working group.

The second meeting of the Russian-US working group “Russian-American dialogue on the NPT review process: the experience of 1970-2015 and further steps in 2016-2020” was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was organized by the Centre Russe d’Études Politiques (Geneva, Switzerland) and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (Monterey, USA) in partnership with PIR Center. 

The meeting was devoted to summarizing the experience and analysing opportunities for further cooperation between Russia and the United States on all three pillars of the NPT: nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The meeting was attended by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the the UN Office
 and other International Organizations in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin; Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Vienna, Vladimir Voronkov; US Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Robert Wood; Senior researcher at the Brookings Institute, Robert Einhorn; PIR Center’s "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director, Andrey Baklitskiy; Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board, Eugene Buzhinskiy; Professor of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Ambassador Yuri Nazarkin; other representatives of diplomatic agencies and research institutions in Russia and the United States. The Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Founder & Special Advisor of the PIR Center Dr. Vladimir Orlov and the Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Prof. William Potter moderated the discussion.

The working group was presented with draft reports on the experience of the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States cooperating on drafting the NPT (1968), negotiating its permanent extension (1995), minimizing the outcomes of military nuclear programs of South Africa, DPRK, Iraq, India and Pakistan, the IAEA safeguards, etc.

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin hosted a reception on the occasion of the meeting at the Permanent Mission.

Working Group meeting took place behind closed doors, but some of the results of the event were disclosed by a member of the group Ambassador Yuri Nazarkin in an article for “Nasha Gazeta”. According to Ambassador Nazarkin “The Russian-American meeting was devoted to an expert discussion of practical issues concerning the preparations for the forthcoming 2020 NPT Review Conference. It was an important and interesting discussion, not too inspiring but not discouraging either”.

Vladimir Orlov, answering the question: “What are the strategic areas where the United States and Russia should start working to reduce the current confrontation”, noted that “One of three key objectives is preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. A solid foundation has already been laid for efforts in this area. In 1968, despite the confrontation over the deployment of Soviet troops to Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and the United States became the founding fathers of the NPT (it should be noted, that it was elaborated also in Geneva; walking over Montreux, Soviet and US diplomats were negotiating on one of its key articles). The NPT has even been called by some a Soviet-American condominium, even though it now has more than 180 members. We are living in a new century and a new millennium; many milestones have come and gone, but the treaty is still alive and bearing fruit. Nevertheless, a new Cold War between Russia and the West could well lead to cracks appearing in the treaty’s foundation. Nuclear proliferation is equally dangerous for both our countries. Trump and Putin should join their efforts to keep the NPT afloat.”

The work of the group will continue in the current year. In addition, two other working groups will be launched – one devoted to the nuclear de-escalation and strategic stability; and other to nuclear security.

For all questions concerning PIR Center’s program “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” please contact the Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by phone at +7 (495) 987-19-15 or by email at baklitsky at pircenter.org

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