US intends revision of MTCR

13.07.2020

“In June, the US National Security Council was due to consider a draft decision on the revision of some elements of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In particular, Washington wants to remove heavy attack and reconnaissance drones from the MTCR control list, which will allow American companies to supply them to “unstable” countries as well. The military-industrial complex is lobbying removal of some restrictions from the USA the most actively, and although no final decision on this issue has been reported, the consequences of such a step can be significant: the entire regime of international export control may be jeopardized” - this is the leitmotiv of the 524th issue of Yaderny Kontrol.

“Diversity forces you to do a better job because you have to question your own preconceptions, and that kind of rigor and clarity of thinking leads to a better outcome. This is what we want in the nuclear policy space, and it seems silly to not take advantage of any tool that could potentially help us do our jobs better when we are dealing with issues that are as important as the ones that we work on,” - Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, in an interview with Yaderny Kontrol.

Sergey Semenov analyzes the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence: “Without even going into details, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major importance since it is the first time in Russian history that such a detailed nuclear policy planning document is released publicly. From now on, the expert community has a starting point when discussing Russia's nuclear doctrine.”

“The Russian Federation is far from the only country that is concerned about this topic, which is analyzed in detail above based on numerous documents. Russia would receive serious support by promoting this position, also among international think-tanks in the field of international security, among influential (and not only activist), large European NGOs. This indicates that the NATO nuclear sharing arrangements issue can and should be raised in the upcoming RC NPT.” Nikita Degtyarev and Vladimir Orlov about the place of NATO nuclear sharing in the NPT review process.

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