22 January, 2021

Doubts Mushroom

Russians are in a dilemma over India's refusal to sign the CTBT

Doubts Mushroom
outlookindia.com
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INDIA'S decision not to sign a global nuclear test ban treaty has left Russia at the crossroads. Moscow has seen animated discussions during the month-long break after the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva ended in a deadlock late June. The dilemma, Russian diplomats say, is what stand to adopt if the next round of talks, starting on July 29, fail.

Russia reiterated its adherence to the global test ban at the Moscow nuclear safety summit this April—when the Big Seven issued a joint statement, pledging to stop all nuclear weapons tests by September 1996. The commitment was made despite criticism from nationalist opponents of the government, who blamed President Boris Yeltsin for "kowtowing to the West". At Geneva again, Russia joined Britain, China, France and the US in a firm rejection of India's call for a rethink on the CTBT's draft terms.

And on July 24, Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and US Secretary of State Warren Christopher announced at Jakarta that the two countries would oppose further debate on the "compromise...

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