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“There is little time left before the Conference on the establishment of WMD-free zone in the Middle East at the end of 2012. In our opinion, we should take more practical steps to get a draft document. Nowadays it is important to establish the dialogue between countries of the region – not between individual countries and facilitator of the Conference Mr. Laajava, not between Russia and the United States, but to bring all parties together for joint brainstorming, teamwork. The individual contribution of each state, including Iran, Israel and any other, would be highly welcome”, - Director of the Security and Disarmament Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.


“Mankind will never stop searching for new means of warfare. For example, today we intensified the process of the reduction of nuclear weapons - but not for the fact that this process will be brought to its logical end. And the more intense the elimination of nuclear weapons is, the more we should think about what will come to replace them,” - Member of PIR Center Executive Board, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Chief Research Officer at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Natalia Kalinina.


“There are a number of reasons for foreign intervention in Syria. Firstly, such an intervention would not be very expensive, as the Syrian authorities long ago discredited themselves. Secondly, Syria has modern chemical weapon capabilities. In conditions of political instability, a weapon might fall into the hands of terrorists; this creates additional incentives for the world community to begin an intervention in the country. The only obstacle might be the presence of Russian military interests in Syria, which allows the regime to rather smugly feel safe” - Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“G-20summit in Mexico have witnessed the first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting passed in positive atmosphere and the major points of the Russian and American politics were discussed. But the presidents clearly avoided to rise any questions that could bring in serious disagreements. As there are virtually no chances to resolve disagreements over missile defense in Europe before the US presidential elections, the problem will be postponed to a subsequent post-election period”, - Director General of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, Andrey Kortunov.


“Increasing the size of the Chinese nuclear arsenal at a moderate pace while at the same time improving its performance characteristics would be an adequate response to the development of anti-missile systems in the Asia-Pacific region; it would also be in line with China's no-first-use policy. Nevertheless, unless the American missile defense system in Asia is dismantled, or unless some path to U.S.–Chinese cooperation on missile defense is found, Beijing will not join the nuclear disarmament process”, – Alexander Kolbin, Executive Assistant to the PIR Center President.


“The next president of Egypt will greatly impact the country's foreign policy and its role in the Arab world. Should an Islamist candidate win, it will be the coronation for the era of political Islam after their victories in parliamentary elections held in some other Arab countries, analysts have noted. Should a Mubarak-era candidate win, the situation could range between sensitive and critical, and there is a possibility of people taking to the streets again to protest, depending on the name of the winner”, - Chairman and Founder of the Gulf Research Center, President of Sager Group Holding, Abdulaziz Sager.


“The recent slaughter of civilians has made it painfully obvious that it is becoming urgent to remove al-Assad from power. But I fear that a lot more lives are going to be lost before that happens; and even if and when al-Assad is deposed, Syria is going to face a very uncertain future. Indeed, it may be that Syria as a unified state no longer has a future. There is speculation that the ruling Alawites have concluded as much, and that they are in fact preparing for that scenario”, - Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Halil Karaveli.


"Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 13 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century", - Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kmentt.


“I think under the guise of struggle against proliferation of nuclear weapons and using the threat of Iran as new potential member of nuclear club, attempts of another nature are undertaken and different goals are set – those of the regime change. But in some areas our positions coincide, we are also not interested in Iran becoming a nuclear state” - Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.


“Only during the last four years six Security Council resolutions were passed (including four that imposed sanctions), and we thought that it had closed all the loopholes that Iranians might have used to get the outside assistance for their nuclear program; and not only nuclear – foreign missile development assistance was also made almost impossible. Moreover the USA, EU, Canada, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and a whole number of other countries have implemented and are implementing strict, comprehensive and increasingly painful sanctions towards Iran, be it the lists of people restricted from travelling and having accounts in foreign banks, or area specific sanctions in the spheres from banking to transport. The result of these sanctions is basically none existing”, - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov.