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The situation around the Treaty on comprehensive ban of nuclear tests (CTBT) is deteriorating, as eight countries have not ratified it. This is stated in the message of the Russian foreign Ministry published on the Ministry website.
It is emphasized that Moscow strictly adheres to its obligations under the document and entry of the CTBT into force is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the country. The foreign Ministry said that the agreement is facing serious challenges: for example, the reluctance of some countries to ratify it. In particular, the “most destructive position” in this regard is the US prepared to resume nuclear testing.
Moscow ratified the CTBT, 20 years ago. “This important step was dictated by the strong desire of Russia to move towards nuclear disarmament, strengthening non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and international security”, — stated in the message of the foreign Ministry.
18 August at 14:30 Pacific daylight time (August 19 at 00:30 Moscow time), the Ministry of defense of the United States held on the island of San Nicolas off the California coast flight tests of cruise missiles, land-based, which would be prohibited by the INF Treaty, if the agreement had been in effect at that time.
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