On the eve of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit to be held March 31 in the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova confirmed that Russia will not participate in the preparations for the event, reports Kommersant.
According to the Ministry, there has been done significant progress in the strengthening of nuclear security, however so far the political agenda has been exhausted. “There are no objectively pending breakthrough decisions requiring the involvement of chiefs of state and government in the field of international nuclear security cooperation,” Ms. Zakharova said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also noted that during the preparation of the summit 2016 the organizers have radically changed the concept of the event, offering to work out some kind of “instructions” for the IAEA, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, as well as the UN, Interpol and the Global Partnership. That, according to the Ministry, will be “an attempt to impose an opinion of a limited group of countries on the above-mentioned agencies and groups bypassing their own mechanisms of political decision-making”. (cit. – Tass)
In addition, Foreign Ministry spokesman recalled that Moscow has consistently advocated the strengthening of nuclear security. “Our country has taken part in three Nuclear Security Summits – Washington (2010), Seoul (2012) and The Hague (2014),” Zakharova said adding that “we believe that the central role in coordinating efforts of the international community in the nuclear security field should be played by the IAEA, which has the necessary expertise”.
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