The State Duma Council plans to discuss the issue of revoking ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at its next meeting. About it reported State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in his Telegram channel.
“At the next meeting of the State Duma Council we will definitely discuss the issue of revoking ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. This corresponds to the national interests of our state. And it will be a mirror response from the United States, which has not yet ratified the treaty,” he wrote.
On October 5, speaking at the plenary session of the XX annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin admittedthat Russia could theoretically withdraw ratification of the CTBT. He clarified that he cannot say now whether Russia needs nuclear weapons tests. “But behave in a mirror manner in relations with the United States, I repeat once again, when they signed but did not ratify [договор о запрещении ядерных испытаний], and we signed and ratified it, in principle, it is possible. But this is a question for the State Duma deputies. Theoretically, it is possible to revoke ratification, if we do this, that will be quite enough,” he clarified.
In September, Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Vershinin statedthat Russia calls on the United States to immediately ratify the CTBT. According to him, the United States could become a driving force in this matter and set an example for other states.
The UN General Assembly approved the CTBT on September 24, 1996. The document prohibits testing nuclear weapons and carrying out 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 yet entered into force, as 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.