Press release on the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department meeting with NGO delegates and researchers
On May 18, senior officials from the Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department held an annual meeting with delegates from the concerned Russian NGOs and the research and expert communities. They exchanged opinions on a wide range of current international security and strategic stability issues.
The parties highlighted the role of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as the cornerstone of international security and discussed prospects for conventional arms control in Europe. They also pointed out the importance of compliance with and the proper operation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and discussed issues related to ballistic missile defence, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and prospects for nuclear disarmament.
Another issue they focused on was a professional and objective investigation of chemical attacks in Syria by the concerned international bodies with obligatory travel of experts to the sites of the presumed attacks.
The parties pointed out the importance of the well-timed Russian initiative on drafting an international convention on the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism in the context of combating WMD terrorism and launching negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
They highlighted the importance of promoting the Russian initiatives aimed at preventing the deployment of weapons in outer space and involving the leading space nations in these efforts.
The meeting reaffirmed the importance and relevance of carrying on this dialogue and cooperation in the same format. The parties agreed to maintain regular contact.