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PIR Center Founder on vulnerable sides of the NPT

04.07.2018

MOSCOW, JULY 4, 2018. PIR PRESS – “It might seem that NPT is an unfair treaty. Five countries are allowed but others are not. However, past 50 years have proved: it is not abstract justice that is important but substantive providing security to states which are free from the principles of “nuclear domino”,  Argentinians have no reasons to keep up with Brazilians and be ashamed of their non-nuclear status. NPT protects their interests.” – member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, PIR Center Founder & Special Advisor Dr. Vladimir Orlov.

On July 1, 1968 year the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was opened for signature. On the 50th Anniversary of the “cornerstone of international security” it’s highly important to understand its strength, which allowed to deter proliferation of nuclear weapons, but also its vulnerable sides in order to avoid risks of undermining of the nonproliferation regime in light of the upcoming 2020 Review Conference. 

PIR Center Founder & Special Advisor, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Professor at MGIMO Dr. Vladimir Orlovwho is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters for the past 4 years, shared his assessment of the NPT with the Kommersant newspaper.

According to Dr. Orlov, some may have questions regarding effectiveness and relevance of the treaty as it has been elaborated under the conditions of Cold War and bipolar world. “But this would be a wrong assumption”,  construes Dr. Orlov. He adds: “the treaty’s 11 articles work well.”

To convince readers in effectiveness of the NPT the author provides examples of such countries as Israel, India, Pakistan and DPRK, which are not memebers of the treaty. 

On the same time the author urged to remember that due to nonproliferation regime, which has been shaped on the basis of NPT, at least four countries renounced nuclear weapons – South Africa, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. 

“It might seem that NPT is an unfair treaty. Five countries are allowed but others are not. However, past 50 years have proved: it is not abstract justice that is important but substantive providing security to states which are free from the principles of “nuclear domino”,  Argentinians have no reasons to keep up with Brazilians and be ashamed of their non-nuclear status. NPT protects their interests.” – states Dr. Orlov.

However fifty-year-old treaty also has vulnerable sides. First, is its questionable degree of  implementation of its 6th article on disarmament. Second, is the lack of conditions for establishment of the nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East. According to the author, these two issues require urgent attention. 

For questions to PIR Center Founder & Special Advisor Dr. Vladimir Orlov you can contact by +7 (499) 940 09 83 or via e-mail to orlov@pircenter.org.



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