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Russia is urging to convene a conference on creating Middle East WMD-free zone

11.05.2017 17:24

Russia is to convene a conference before 2020 on creating a zone free of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Mikhail Ulyanov said on Wednesday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry department head made this statement at the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

"It is necessary to aspire for the conference on the WMD-free zone to take place before the 2020 Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, desirably, no later than in a couple of years", he said.

"In view of this, it is necessary to start preparatory work as soon as possible. The first meeting, in our view, could take place in the imminent future", the diplomat said.

All decisions in the process of the Conference preparation should be made through a consensus, the diplomat said.

"We consider the consensus rule as a guarantee of the participation of all the region’s countries in this work, and also as a necessary requirement for achieving weighed and generally acceptable decisions", he noted.