The Russian parliament has temporarily approved a bill that would revoke the ratification of the global nuclear test ban. On the first of three readings, the Duma voted unanimously to cancel the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The final vote is scheduled for this weekend.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned earlier this month that Moscow might back away from its ratification of the treaty in 2000 to catch up with the United States. America signed the nuclear test ban, but did not ratify it. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Tuesday that the Russian move was in response to the United States’ “brusque stance in fulfilling its obligations to ensure global security.”
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was passed in 1996 and banned nuclear testing worldwide, although it has not yet entered into full force. In addition to the United States of America, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and Egypt have never ratified the treaty. There are widespread fears that Russia may resume nuclear testing to deter the West from providing further support to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
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