Deputies of the State Duma unanimously adopted a bill on the withdrawal of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the first reading. About it reported press service of the State Duma.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin emphasized that Russia intends to do everything to protect its citizens and maintain strategic parity. He also noted that ratification of the CTBT had been expected from the United States for 23 years, but Washington never did so.
“Washington must finally understand that hegemony on their part does not lead to anything good. There is a need for dialogue on the principles of mutual respect, the absence of double standards, and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states,” Volodin emphasized.
According to the Chairman of the State Duma, the document can be considered in the second and third readings on October 18 and 19.
Question about the need to revoke ratification raised Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club on October 5. At the same time, Putin clarified that he cannot say now whether Russia needs nuclear weapons tests. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov explainedthat the withdrawal of ratification does not mean that Russia intends to conduct nuclear tests. Bill to revoke ratification of the CTBT contributed to the State Duma on October 14.
The UN General Assembly approved the CTBT on September 24, 1996. The document prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons and nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes. The moratorium applies in the atmosphere, in space, under water and underground on the territory of all states. The CTBT has not entered into force because it has not been ratified by the United States, Egypt, Israel, Iran and China and has not been signed by India, North Korea and Pakistan.