Russia blocked the adoption of a joint declaration on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations. Russia bowed out at the end of a month-long conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Representatives of the 191 countries that have signed the NPT agreement have been participating in month-long talks since August 1 at the UN headquarters in New York. The final session started last Friday. News TRT Ward.
The conference was chaired by Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina. He said Russia had objected to some points in the final draft, blocking the way to a compromise. Russian representative Igor Bishnevetsky said the final draft was more than 30 pages long. It lacks balance in many respects.
Russia’s representative said members of our delegation found objections to some paragraphs. Moreover, it is not only Russia that opposes the draft.
Russia specifically opposes the clause on the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, according to reports, citing close sources. The nuclear power plant is now occupied by the Russian military.
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: The signatories to the NPT Treaty hold a review meeting every five years. The meeting aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, promote complete disarmament, and promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The latest draft expresses deep concern about military activity in the vicinity of Ukraine’s power plants, including Zaporizhia. Leaders also expressed concern over the loss of control of Ukraine’s nuclear sites and the negative impact on security.
The NPT signatories discussed several important issues at the conference, including Iran’s nuclear program and North Korea’s nuclear tests. At the last review conference in 2015, countries also failed to agree on nuclear issues.
On the opening day of this year’s conference, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world was facing a nuclear threat not seen since the Cold War. Humanity is under threat today only because of misunderstandings and not learning from nuclear annihilation.