Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Moscow’s Role as Coordinator in the Nuclear Five Formula

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Moscow Wants to Expand Coordinating Role

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow, as the coordinating country in the “nuclear five” formula, does not want to limit itself to the issue of reducing nuclear risks.

Expanding the Coordination Role

In an interview with Kommersant, answering a question about Russia’s program and priorities as a coordinator, Ryabkov said: “In short, the attitude is this: talk less, do more, we will work within the agenda, maintaining some continuity. But we don’t want this coordination was limited to one form, almost exclusively on the issue of reducing nuclear risks, which was clearly the aim of late American coordination.

He added: “We believe that the five countries have shown themselves well in the past as simply a platform or space for coordinating the conjugation of the approaches of the countries participating in the NPT, as well as for working with the most active enthusiasts.” expansionist movements in favor of a complete and comprehensive prohibition of nuclear weapons, that is, with the initiators of the well-known Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Ryabkov said that Moscow is now preparing proposals for its coordination agenda: “I hope that in the near future we will be able to introduce these ideas to our colleagues in five countries.”

Disagreements on Ukraine

The Deputy Foreign Minister pointed out that Russia is ready to “fight and disagree” with the members of the “nuclear five” on the situation in Ukraine.

Asked if the disagreements over Ukraine will affect Russia’s work in the five, he said: “In general, of course, the details of the current international situation cannot but affect this work. We do not expect an easy time and an easy road. We are ready, among other things, for disputes, battles and clashes in the Ring of Five with our Western opponents.

Ryabkov noted that Western countries cannot get away from their obsession with certain topics, and the diplomat concluded: “Therefore, I do not even expect difficulties here, but rather situations in which we will explain to them the reasons for their mistake, and we will respond to illogical arguments devoid of any reasonable basis.”

Importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

As the Undersecretary of State has made clear, there is no reason to say that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has deteriorated today.

He said: “The review process is important in itself. Whether or not there is an outcome document for a particular conference is of course important, but it is not decisive. Therefore, I do not think that today there is reason to say that the NPT regime has deteriorated.”

The diplomat drew attention to the presence of complex issues in the context of the NPT, noting that “there are quite technical points, but nonetheless important, such as the reform of the safeguards system carried out by the IAEA secretariat, about which there are questions.”. “

“There are some non-proliferation problems of a regional nature, which are also well known to everyone, but these are moments of action,” he added.

Ryabkov stressed that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons “will continue to serve the cause of international security and stability, and that its very existence and the work done within its framework are a fairly important indicator of the presence of common sense in the current turbulent sea.” international relations, where much cannot be predicted, and often the setting of topics and intrigues that cannot be predicted in a short period of time can be attributed to the category of axioms.

Lack of Written Proposals on Strategic Stability

As the deputy minister noted, the United States did not provide Russia with specific written proposals on resuming the dialogue on strategic stability.

Responding to a follow-up question, he said: “Not on paper. We discussed this issue verbally many times at various levels, but we never got it, nor did we expect it.”

Ryabkov added: “So far, everything is about the same level, and I don’t think that anything will change here in the near future. We are patiently conveying our logic and approach to them.”

The deputy minister noted that the dialogue with the Americans, including on arms control issues, is “extremely sporadic and unsystematic,” and stressed that “the blame and responsibility in this matter lies entirely with Washington.”

Source: RT

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