Select period

On October 4th, 2012 PIR Center will hold an international seminar “2012 Conference on the Middle East Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction – Searching for Solutions”.


“There is little time left before the Conference on the establishment of WMD-free zone in the Middle East at the end of 2012. In our opinion, we should take more practical steps to get a draft document. Nowadays it is important to establish the dialogue between countries of the region – not between individual countries and facilitator of the Conference Mr. Laajava, not between Russia and the United States, but to bring all parties together for joint brainstorming, teamwork. The individual contribution of each state, including Iran, Israel and any other, would be highly welcome”, - Director of the Security and Disarmament Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.


"Russia must become a leader in nuclear disarmament and fulfill its obligations to implement 13 disarmament steps agreed in 2000 and the Action Plan worked out at 2010 NPT Review Conference. In addition, Russia may initiate an open and transparent debate on nuclear weapons, including the question of appropriateness of the existence of nuclear deterrence in XXI century", - Director of the Department for Disarmament and Nonproliferation of Austrian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kmentt.


“Russia's plans include expanding cooperation with states of South America in peaceful development of nuclear energy. In this context, Russia has already signed agreements or in the process of establishing dialogue with Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. On the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference it would be also an important task for Russia to strengthen dialogue on the most urgent nuclear nonproliferation agenda issues with Brazil, its partner within BRIC group,” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.