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The State Duma adopted the bill de-ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Members of the State Duma unanimously voted to adopt the bill on the withdrawal of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty in the second and third readings. The Chairman of the State Duma, leaders of the State Duma factions and almost all members of the State Duma are the co-authors of the bill.

The issue of de-ratification was raised by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the Valdai Discussion Club meeting.

“438 members of the State Duma signed the bill. We rarely have great consolidation, and in this regard, our vote will be a response to the United States of America to its boorish attitude to its responsibilities in maintaining global security,” emphasized Vyacheslav Volodin at the plenary session the day before.

“Just think: the USA has not ratified this document for 23 years, and yesterday their officials just woke up and remembered the members of the State Duma. They should resign due to irresponsibility. Cynicism and double standards, world on fire are the consequences of such attitude. They imagine themselves to be hegemons, supporters of a unipolar world,” said the Chairman of the State Duma.

The Chairman of the State Duma emphasized that the decision to withdraw the ratification of the CTBT was made solely in the interests of our country and the whole world, built on the basis of stability, security and justice. “This is the policy pursued by our President,” he stressed.

“We will monitor the US activity, as its every action on the world stage, unfortunately, undermines the nuclear non-proliferation regime, the strategic balance of nuclear forces and global security,” said the leader of the LDPR faction, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky.

In particular, according to him, the irresponsible approach of the United States of America towards global security is reflected in the unilateral position of the US leadership on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, where they support only Israel. “Such an approach, God forbid, could lead to new hundreds and thousands of victims, and Washington would be responsible for that,” said Leonid Slutsky and added that the next day there would be adopted a relevant appeal of the State Duma to the UN and parliaments of the world.

The parliamentarian assured that Russia was ready for any adequate actions to protect global security and maintain parity in nuclear forces. “If the thoughtlessness and irresponsibility [of the USA] towards global security allows any nuclear weapons to be tested, our test facilities are also ready for that. We will do everything necessary to maintain stability in the world,” said the Chairman of the Committee.

Leonid Slutsky expressed confidence that “most countries in the world are grouped around Russia and its President.” Russia will do everything to prevent the world from sliding into war”, he stressed.

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