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“We appreciated Rosatom’s invitation to come to Russia and visit Kalininskaya Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian side generously provided us with comprehensive technical information on the safety of the plant in a very transparent manner. We are especially interested in this question after the Fukushima accident, and the openness of Rosatom indicated that Russia is very comfortable in the realm of peaceful nuclear energy. The presentation was also very timely, as it was on the eve of the Saint Petersburg Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power,” - Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna


"A 2002 UN study put it well: the goal must be to learn how to think rather than what to think... Innovative teaching methods are one way forward, and here I credit the approach used at Dr. William Potter's Center, which relies heavily on simulations and role-playing." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon


"The current state of bilateral Russian-India relations cannot but arouse concern. There has been no breakthrough in the spheres of bilateral cooperation prior to the traditional annual high-level meeting. Putin pays an official visit to the country still sharing relations of friendship and partnership with Russia, but it becomes apparent that this credit earned in the Soviet era is not limitless. It's necessary to search for new dimensions of cooperation." - PIR Center Internet Project Director Andrey Baklitsky.


“Nunn-Lugar is the foundation for the vision that I laid out, once I was elected President, in travel to Prague. Russia has said that our current agreement hasn’t kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries. To which we say, let’s update it.  Let’s work with Russia as an equal partner.  Let’s continue the work that’s so important to the security of both our countries. And I’m optimistic that we can.” – Barack Obama, President of the United States.


“The signs are ominous at the moment, there are rumblings that he 2012 Conference on a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East will not take place. And I think this is going to be a major set-back. Which is why I think my talking to you today is particularly timely, because I think there is an opportunity for Russia to use its considerable international influence in order to prevent the breakdown because if we do not have this meeting this December I fear that we are storing up trouble for ourselves and for the NPT for 2015”, – Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.


“Despite reduction of the financial aid received in the framework of Global Partnership Russian involvement in the program and the interest in participation remain high. Russia gradually starts join the realization of various projects in the third countries. Even though it is not ready to deliver large financial aid, the volume of expert assistance is significant. Russian specialists who gathered great experience in disposal of the WMD are able to present vital help in implementation of respective projects in other countries” – Alexander Cheban, Security Index journal representative in Odessa.


“More due to the fact that the five nuclear-weapon states is clearly reluctant to use nuclear wepons and some of the others (declared or not) are dependent upon one of the P5, the U.S.A. or China in a variety of ways. Some time the dependence is related to nuclear release, some time it is due to a much broader array of matters that create dependency. Accidental use has also become less likely since the high-flying concerns of loose nukes in the 1990s”, - Head of the International Security Program of the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Pál Dunay.


“Today, the world certainly did become more secure because of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the need to avoid its repetition; but in another sense, it still did not because the strategic equilibrium that was more or less ensured by the presence of the USSR has been replaced by instability and global impunity” - Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Dayan Jayatilleka.


“After 20 years, we still live in a world with growing nuclear risks. Expectations of enhanced global security after the end of the Cold War gave way quite soon to a gradual tightening in the positions of some major international actors, while new states became nuclear-armed ones. In addition, nuclear terrorism almost impossible to deter, has emerged as a very tangible threat. Today we can say that the world is much more complex and uncertain than at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There are still nuclear weapons stockpiles totaling 20.000, many on high alert, deployed in 14 countries”, -  Founder and Chair of the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation, Irma Arguello.


“Autumn of 1962 when the Caribbean crisis erupted was the most terrible period of modern history. It was the time when the world faced the threat of nuclear war. Mutual nuclear destruction of two opposing superpowers has never been so real and inevitable. The Cuban missile crisis showed how close the world came to a nuclear exchange between the two over armed superpowers. Despite the past 50 years since that horrific US-Soviet confrontation in Cuba the world has not become more stable. As long as nuclear weapons exist, the world will be a very insecure place”, - Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Sergio Duarte.