Putin Officially Revokes Russia’s Ratification of Global Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

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President Vladimir Putin took action on Thursday by signing a bill that effectively cancels Russia’s ratification of a global nuclear test ban. The move, according to Moscow, is aimed at achieving parity with the United States.

The international community has expressed concerns and drawn comparisons between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decision to withdraw Russia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the United States’ position on the treaty. Putin stated that this action would “mirror” the approach of the United States, which has signed but not yet ratified the CTBT.

The decision received unanimous approval in both houses of the Russian parliament last month, further highlighting the seriousness of the issue. The CTBT, established in 1996, aims to prohibit all nuclear explosions globally, but it has yet to be fully implemented. Notably, it awaits ratification by several key nations, including China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and Egypt.

Amid rising tensions in Eastern Europe, there is growing apprehension that Russia may resume nuclear testing as a strategic move to discourage Western military support for Ukraine. Many Russian hawks have expressed support for a resumption of nuclear tests, which adds to the concerns surrounding the CTBT’s fate.

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President Vladimir Putin took action on Thursday by signing a bill that effectively cancels Russia’s ratification of a global nuclear test ban. The move, according to Moscow, is aimed at achieving parity with the United States.

President Putin acknowledged that some experts argue in favor of nuclear tests for various reasons but indicated he had not yet formed an opinion on the matter.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov offered reassurances last month, emphasizing that Moscow would continue to uphold the CTBT and would only consider resuming nuclear tests if the United States took such action first.

The potential ramifications of Russia’s decision to revoke the CTBT ratification have global implications, particularly concerning non-proliferation efforts and maintaining international security. This move raises questions about the future of arms control and the stability of the global nuclear order.

As the situation continues to evolve, the international community will closely monitor Russia’s actions and assess whether they decide to follow through with the resumption of nuclear tests. This decision could have far-reaching consequences in an already tense geopolitical environment.

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