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24.05.2016

“The humanitarian rhetoric has led to polarization in the NPT review process. A group of states with more radical approach regarding the nuclear disarmament is ready to delegitimize the possession of nuclear weapons through additional legal instruments. They have separated from a  wider group of states, which support increased pace of disarmament but are not ready for such drastic actions” — Alena Makhukova, PIR Center's Research Fellow.



30.03.2016

“The gravest threat facing the NPT and the nuclear nonproliferation regime stems from the fact that everyone is looking out just for themselves. This ultimately undermines the consensus-based approach – and it was precisely this approach that during the “successful” five-year review cycles held the regime together and prevented its erosion”, - Vladimir Orlov, member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

10.02.2016

“Pressing issues, related to the future of a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, in the context of the prospects for the NPT review process in 2016-2020, were in the center of discussions at the 65th session of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM)” — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Мember of the UN SG’s Advisory Board, Founder & Special Advisor to PIR Center. 

21.01.2016

“Unless the CTBT enters into force, there is a risk that countries will pull out of the agreement and once again carry out nuclear tests. In that case, we would lose twenty years of hard work and fifty to sixty years of negotiations on a treaty and a dream.”— Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.

22.10.2015

“I find Dr. Orlov's recent NPT article “The Glass Menagerie” particularly thoughtful. Let us work harder so that your assessment that the nuclear nonproliferation regime has taken a major turn for the worse, can be reversed” – Kim Won-soo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

23.09.2015

“Within the framework of the NPT review process Russian diplomacy and expert community have the opportunity to share common language with our allies. We have a few of those apart from our army and navy: we have allies in the CSTO and partners in the CIS. We just have to engage with those people on a more frequent basis, generally speaking, they are open for cooperation” – Vladimir Orlov, Head of the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Special Advisor to the PIR Center.

12.08.2015

“The main issues being debated at the RevCons remain unchanged – but the sides appear increasingly unwilling to compromise or to search for a consensus. The state parties that are unhappy with the state of the NPT review process are looking for short and straight paths to their goals, especially in the area of disarmament. There is a growing temptation to move the discussion on the most contentious issues to the UN General Assembly or to some ad hoc body, where decisions would be taken by a majority rather than unanimously. That would enable the majority of the states to ram through their own agenda, ignoring the position of the dissenting states” - "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy.

10.07.2015

“We were all distressed that the NPT Review Conference in May failed to reach a consensus outcome. As I told participants, this is regrettable – and worrying. The Conference was also unable to forge a common vision for the creation of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. I repeat my appeal to all States in the region and others with influence to renew their efforts to establish such a zone. I will do everything I can to advance this goal. I look to this Board for recommendations on what more we can do”, – the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

15.05.2015

«Nuclear disarmament and establishment of Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone in the Middle East are two main challenging areas that can potentially damage the whole nuclear nonproliferation regime architecture – or strengthen it, if dealt with properly and in a timely manner», – PIR Center's presentation “From Words to Actions: Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament from 2010 to 2015 and beyond”.

 

28.04.2015

“I am glad to greet you on the occasion of the opening of the Conference. The agenda of the meeting includes a range of issues related to the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which has been a cornerstone of the international security system for more than four decades, ensuring strategic parity and global stability. […] I hope that all the NPT States Parties will reiterate at the Conference their readiness to strictly fulfill their commitments under the Treaty. This will certainly represent an important factor in enhancing peace, security and stability on the entire planet”, – President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

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