Russia Blocks Agreement on UN Nuclear Treaty

Russia late Friday agreed on the final document of a four-week review of the UN treaty seen as the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament, which criticized the military takeover of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant shortly after Russian forces invaded Ukraine. stopped. Nuclear accident.

Igor Vishnevetsky, Deputy Director General of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at the belated final meeting of the conference reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 50 years ago that unfortunately no consensus was reached on the document. He said he didn’t.

He said many countries, not just Russia, disagreed with the “many issues” of the 36-page final draft.

The document required endorsement by all 191 States Parties to a treaty aimed at curbing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and ultimately achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

Argentinian Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, chair of the meeting, said the final draft reflected the parties’ best efforts to address their differences and the parties’ expectations for a progressive outcome.

However, after Vishnevetsky spoke, Zlauvinen told the delegation, “I understand that at the moment the conference is not in a position to reach agreement on its substantive work.”

The Review Conference was scheduled to meet every five years, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was the second time a party failed to produce an outcome document.

The last Review Conference in 2015 ended without agreement due to serious disagreements over establishing a Middle East region free of weapons of mass destruction.

Associated Press