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International mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention and Russian interests

30.05.2012

p7219_1.jpgMOSCOW, MAY 30, 2012. PIR PRESS – “Program of Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) have potential to support effectively such traditional mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention as NPT regime, IAEA safeguards, Security Council sanctions. Participation in GP and ISTC corresponds to Russian interests because this contributes to strengthening its prestige on international arena as proponent of nonproliferation regime” – Alexander Cheban, PIR Center intern.

On May 23, 2012 within the framework of PIR Center's project Midweek Brainstorming Sessions Alexander Cheban, PIR Center intern, had presented his research paper on International mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention and Russian interests: the case study of Global Partnership and ISTC. Sergey Vorobiev, Principal Deputy Executive Director, ISTC, Ildar Akchtamzyan, Associated Professor, International Relations and Russian foreign policy department, MGIMO University, Raphaël Martin de Lagarde, Counsellor, Embassy of France, Oksana Bosyuk, Third Secretary, Embassy of Ukraine, Elena Chirkova, Third Secretary, Embassy of Kazakhstan, Evgeniy Buzhinsky, PIR Center Senior Vice President and other members of PIR Center staff took part in the seminar. p7219_2.jpg

In his report Alexander Cheban paid attention to program of Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and International Science and Technology Center. According to Alexander Cheban “Program of Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) have potential to support effectively such traditional mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention as NPT regime, IAEA safeguards, Security Council sanctions. Participation in GP and ISTC corresponds to Russian interests because this contributes to strengthening its prestige on international arena as proponent of nonproliferation regime.”

p7219_3.jpgThe seminar participants criticized speaker's statement about positive potential of Global partnership and ISTC because their extension is problematic. Agreeing with this point Alexander Cheban noted that if many countries join the GP and ISTC the consequence would be positive for nonproliferation regime because both mechanisms deliver strong impetus for countries to make their nuclear programs more transparent. This impetus is receiving financial assistance for solving weapons of mass destruction related problems. Delivering such assistance to countries presents an advantageous difference between GP/ISTC and other mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention. 

Discussing another statement of speaker about correspondence of GP and ISTC activity to Russian interests the seminar participants agreed that participation in these two mechanisms does not threat Russian interests. The participants recognized that Russia had no need to proclaim its withdrawal from ISTC although the Statute and the format of the organization need to be changed.

PIRCenter pays significant attention to international mechanisms of nuclear proliferation prevention within the framework of its project The Future of Global Partnership: multilateral and bilateral (US-Russian) cooperation in the sphere of nuclear safety and nonproliferation.

For all questions related to Global Partnership Project, please contact Ivan Trushkin, by tel.: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14 or via e-mail: trushkin at pircernter.org

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