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“International cooperation on the WMD nonproliferation is making first tentative steps in the Middle East. The theory of cooperation is being tested in practice by the project to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. The beginning of Syria's chemical disarmament has revitalized the idea of a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East, which appeared to be dead in the water”, – PIR Center expert Artem Blashchanitsa.


“The Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Concerning the Safe and Reliable Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation dated June 17, 1992 expires in June 2013. We must work out a new agreement and lay the tracks for the development of Russian-US cooperation in nuclear security and nonproliferation. At the moment, these tracks have not yet been laid, but the ties are already being put in place,” – Vladimir Kuchinov, Advisor to the Director General of Rosatom