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“Over the years of our close cooperation, I ascertain that discussions promoted by PIR Center with the involvement of experts from different areas, like national administration, academic and military communities as well as non-governmental pundits, contribute to nonproliferation initiatives and to countering new challenges and threats to peace and security. PIR Center’s brainchild is in high-demand, and the Advisory Board conclusions and recommendations are important for ensuring our country’s interests and security. I acknowledge my willingness to become a member of the Advisory Board and participate in its work” - Victor Vasiliev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.


“We appreciated Rosatom’s invitation to come to Russia and visit Kalininskaya Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian side generously provided us with comprehensive technical information on the safety of the plant in a very transparent manner. We are especially interested in this question after the Fukushima accident, and the openness of Rosatom indicated that Russia is very comfortable in the realm of peaceful nuclear energy. The presentation was also very timely, as it was on the eve of the Saint Petersburg Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power,” - Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna


“Iran has great potential in the region because of very close relations with people of the Middle East. And we have announced that we are fully prepared to be helpful for the solution of the problems in the Middle East. We proved – this is part of history – that we could be very helpful when we all faced the problem of terrorism in Afghanistan. And everybody knows that while Iran was very helpful in that respect, instead of appreciating this, the Bush administration included Iran into the “Axis of Evil”. This kind of mentality shows that they do not care about what the countries are contributing, they just want influence. They occupied Iraq with the false pretext of the WMD and it is shameful that now they want this situation to be repeated”, - Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna.


"Creation of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East is inseparably linked to the ongoing Middle East peace process. Luckily there is a feedback as well: development of sustained dialogue on the Zone can in turn facilitate the Middle East peace process, leading to creation of favorable atmosphere for further negotiations" - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Security Index Journal Editorial Board member Sergey Ryabkov.


On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.