Russia Rebuffs Nuclear-Arms Lawsuit by Marshall Islands

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April 29, 2014, 7:54 a.m.

Rus­sia re­jec­ted as “un­groun­ded” an is­land ar­chipelago’s chal­lenge to Mo­scow’s com­pli­ance with nuc­le­ar dis­arm­a­ment com­mit­ments, RIA Nov­osti re­ports.

Rus­si­an For­eign Min­istry spokes­man Al­ex­an­der Lukashev­ich on Monday voiced sur­prise that his coun­try was tar­geted in last week’s leg­al ac­tion by the Mar­shall Is­lands, which played host to dozens of U.S. nuc­le­ar tests in the 1940s and 1950s. In cases filed at the In­ter­na­tion­al Court of Justice in The Hag­ue, Neth­er­lands, the is­land chain de­man­ded faster dis­arm­a­ment steps by all nine known and pre­sumed nuc­le­ar-cap­able na­tions.

“Rus­sia con­tin­ues to demon­strate its ef­fect­ive and con­sist­ent ap­proach to­ward the im­ple­ment­a­tion of its com­mit­ments un­der the [Nuc­le­ar] Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty,” Lukashev­ich said in re­leased com­ments.

He ar­gued that Mo­scow has sig­ni­fic­antly curbed its atom­ic ar­sen­al un­der deals reached with oth­er powers.

“Rus­sia has re­duced its stra­tegic [long-range] nuc­le­ar po­ten­tial by more than 80 per­cent and its non­stra­tegic nuc­le­ar weapons by three-quar­ters from their peak num­bers,” Re­u­ters quoted the for­eign min­istry as say­ing.

“We are con­vinced that the fil­ing of un­groun­ded law­suits does not help the cre­ation of fa­vor­able con­di­tions for fur­ther in­ter­na­tion­al ef­forts in the sphere of con­trol over arma­ments and non-pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion,” Lukashev­ich ad­ded in the RIA Nov­osti art­icle.

The for­eign min­istry ad­ded, though, that “the in­ter­na­tion­al com­munity has made no ser­i­ous ef­forts” in 45 years to meet the non­pro­lif­er­a­tion treaty’s call for a suc­cessor pact al­low­ing for “com­plete dis­arm­a­ment un­der strict and ef­fect­ive in­ter­na­tion­al con­trol,” Re­u­ters re­por­ted.

Mo­scow “is open to in­ter­ac­tion with its NPT part­ners with the aim of seek­ing the most ef­fect­ive paths to real­iz­a­tion of the treaty,” ac­cord­ing to a min­istry state­ment.

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