Russia will respect the moratorium on nuclear testing if the other nuclear-weapon states do so too, the Russian Foreign Minister said at the 11th conference on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which unfolded in New York.
"Since 1991, Russia has been complying with the moratorium on nuclear testing. During this period, we did not do a nuclear explosion. We intend to continue to respect this moratorium, assuming that the other nuclear powers follow the same line, "Lavrov said during his speech.
He also stressed that the "voluntary moratorium on testing, despite the importance of this approach, will not compensate for the lack of solution to the main problem of entry into force of the Treaty (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban, editor's note). "
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
The TICEN is an international treaty banning any nuclear test or any other type of nuclear explosion, whether for peaceful or military purposes. In order for it to enter into force, the 44 States listed in Annex 2 of the Treaty must ratify the text.