Potential for joint disarmament efforts far from being exhausted Russia’s envoy to US

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WASHINGTON, April 15. /TASS/. The potential for joint efforts for peace, security, disarmament, strengthening non-proliferation and arms control is far from being exhausted, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Washington-based Arms Control Association on Monday.

“The potential for joint efforts for peace, security, disarmament, strengthening non-proliferation and arms control is far from being exhausted. We can do so much more if we respect the national interests of each other. The primary goal for us is to build a security architecture, which would give tangible results of the principle of equal and indivisible security for every nation,” he said.

“We can do so much more if we respect the national interests of each other,” Antonov went on to say.

He pointed out that “the Russian security is not solely determined by the balance of strategic nuclear weapons of our two countries.” “It depends on many other factors, including the plans to develop the US global missile defense system; long-range high-precision systems; the US non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe; balance of conventional forces; existence of a large number of military bases with a growing military infrastructure near the Russian borders; proposed deployment of weapons in outer Space; a perspective of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT); the situation with non-proliferation of WMD, etc.,” the Russian Ambassador emphasized.

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