Chronology

Russia’s President issues a decree to approve the "Provision on Export Control in the Russian Federation".
29.01.2001
B.N. Yeltsin’s initiates unilateral action regarding tactical nuclear weapons.
29.01.1992
Russia President B.N. Yeltsin’s address "On Russia’s Policy in the Field of Arms Limitation and Elimination" states that Russia is the heir of all nuclear materials of the USSR.
29.01.1992

PIR Center Blog

29.12.2019

With a military comprised of 1.4 million people, India has the world’s second largest military force, and is estimated by Credit Suisse and the Global Firepower Index to be the fourth most powerful military in the world. In addition, it is one of the four nations who are not part of the NPT who possess a nuclear arsenal. As such, it could be expected that the Russian government would have a strong public stance on this issue, either positively or negatively. However, the Russian government has generally been quiet on the issue of India’s nuclear weapons. For a number of reasons, including the historical and modern reactions on the part of the Russia and the Soviet Union to India’s nuclear development, it can be best argued that Russia’s stance is one of neutrality, with favorable overtones.

23.12.2019

As of 2019, there are five regional NWFZ in the world: the Treaty of Tlatelolco, Treaty of Rarotonga, Treaty of Bangkok, Treaty of Pelindaba, and finally the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ). The CANWFZ is a legally binding obligation not to manufacture, acquire, test, or possess nuclear weapons in or by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan,  the Republic of Tajikistan,  the Republic of Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan. This treaty was signed at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan on September 8, 2006 and is a clear victory for nonproliferation and disarmament measures. However, this treaty almost did not come to fruition due to power plays but the United States and the Russian Federation.

17.12.2019

North Korean nuclear issue is one of a few pressing issues in the nonproliferation area today. There has been much effort by the international community to deter North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, yet none of them worked. Now it is reasonable to believe that North Korea possesses dozens of nuclear weapons and also has delivery means to reach different parts of the globe. The history of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program dates back to the 1960s, and it started with assistance from the Soviet Union. Russia, as a succeeding country of the Soviet Union, still plays a major role in this issue. This essay starts with a description of a dialogue between Russia and North Korea on nuclear issues. Moreover, this essay includes an analysis of two different sources that covers this issue, and also what this dialogue means for U.S. policy regarding North Korea.

13.12.2019

"The world watches almost indifferently as the arms control architecture that saved us from a nuclear catastrophe during the cold war collapses today. Against the background of current news about trade wars, terrorist acts and impeachment they may seem like relics of a bygone 20th century - ABM, INF, CFE, START treaties. In February 2021, the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty will expire. It must be prolonged, for without it humanity will go blindfolded into the future through a minefield."

10.12.2019

The issue of the establishment of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East has being discussed for many years. The UN General Assembly following the proposal by Iran and Egypt first endorsed calls for the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ) in a Resolution approved in December of 1974. Moreover, from 1991 onwards the IAEA General Conference has also adopted annually without objections a resolution calling for the application of full scope safeguards on all nuclear facilities in the region “as a necessary step for the establishment of the NWFZ.”

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