The Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is signed by the DPRK and the Republic of Korea.



On January 19, 2021, Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Director of the PIR Center, gave an interview to the Security Index journal. He shared his views on the great potential of the Russian-US cooperation in the framework of the NPT, threats of nuclear proliferation, suggesting how to make the P5 framework practically useful, and what is the role of China, the United Kingdom and India in the nonproliferation regime.


PIR Center experts Vladimir Orlov and Sergey Semenov discuss the prospects for the Russian-American dialogue on arms control.


The article analyzes the correlation between the regions impacted by the spread of COVID-19 and the territories of genetically modified organisms crops cultivation and consumption. The authors note that the highest mortality rates from COVID-19 can be observed in countries with a high level of genetically modified foods production and consumption, while the countries where it is prohibited hold low COVID-19 mortality rates. Based on the data analyzed, a hypothesis is put forward about the correlation between the global spread of COVID-19 and GM foods, along with the production and consumption of GMO crops.

50 years after ratification of the NPT by the Soviet Union and its entry into force


On March 5, 2020, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ratification and entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, a key element of the entire international security system. The most important multilateral treaty in the field of global nuclear policy, which became the foundation of the international non-proliferation regime, was positively accepted by the global community and received great support as an “agreement in the interests of all states,” as an instrument for “ending the nuclear arms race, moving forward with the general and complete disarmament".


March 12, 2020. An extended meeting of the Trialogue Club International dedicated to the 50th anniversary after ratification of the NPT by the Soviet Union and its entry into force. The keynote speaker is Sergey RyabkovDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. 

March 12, 2020. The PIR Center, jointly with the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conducts a seminar entitled: 50 years after ratification of the NPT by the Soviet Union and its entry into force: lessons learned and prospects for strengthening of the nuclear nonproliferation regime". The event will take place with the participation of leading Russian experts, young professionals, and media representatives.

Experts' presentations and discussions of the seminar participants will address key issues related to the past and future of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the role of the Russian Federation in the structure of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, as well as issues of nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy on the agenda of the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which will be held in late April in New York.

Seminar's agenda (in Russian)


The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is half a century old today. “The NPT Instruments of Ratification were submitted by two of the NPT Depositary States, the Soviet Union and the United States, at a special ceremony at The Reception House in Moscow,” the Izvestiya newspaper reported on its front page on March 5, 1970.

Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center Director:  A precarious anniversary



The more criticism the current nuclear non-proliferation regime causes, the easier it is for a state striving to create it, to take advantage of the contradictions among the parties to the agreement

Andrei Baklitsky, PIR Center Consultant: Restricted Success: Why the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Must be Protected



The NPT was the first of the treaties meeting global challenges. For its efficiency, it is in this - and most important - sense that it is important to keep it away from the current political battles.

Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center Consultant: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has turned 50 


It is crucial to reduce nuclear weapon, since they will never be used. It doesn’t even matter how much, the most important thing is to continue, by 500, 300 or 200, so that the process continues. Of course, I would also like our leaders to say that we need to move towards a complete ban, and any efforts in this direction are welcomed - without even mentioning Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - any work in the spirit of Article No.6 of the NPT is useful". Ambassador Roland Timerbaev (1927-2019): Nuclear weapon is a wrong term


Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (in Russian)

Materials of the archive of the Russian MFA on the history of preparing the Treaty. The publication is made in a joint initiative of the NPT depository states (in Russian)

Statement by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR A.N. Kosygin at the ceremony of deposit by the depositary countries - the USSR and the USA - of ratification instruments of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons held in Moscow (in Russian)


The PIR Center delegation will participate actively in the 2020 NPT Review Conference in New York.  Also, several side events will be conducted within the Conference on topics of non-proliferation and disarmament education, one of which will be a meeting of young experts from Russia and the United States on key issues of Russian-American dialogue in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.


For questions related to the PIR Center's program “The Future of the NPT and Russia's Interests”, you can contact Vladimir Orlov by e-mail [email protected]