Nuclear disarmament: Washington blasts Russia's 'cynicism'

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Russia blocked the adoption of a joint declaration on nuclear disarmament, denouncing “certain brazenly political paragraphs” in the final draft text.

The United States on Sunday denounced the “cynical obstruction” of Russia which “alone” prevented the adoption of a joint declaration at the #x27;UN regarding the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

After weeks of intense and productive negotiations, Russia has decided alone to block a consensus on the final document at the end of the four-week UN review conference of the NPT , said US State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel.

And this for the sole purpose of blocking language elements that only radiological risks at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russian army in Ukraine, he said in a statement.

A satellite image taken by Planet Labs PBC shows smoke rising from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.

The Zaporizhia power plant, the largest in Europe, was taken by Russian troops in early March, shortly after the invasion was launched on February 24, and is near the frontline in the south .

kyiv and Moscow accuse each other of carrying out bombings near the complex, thus endangering the plant.

The operator of Ukraine's nuclear power plants Energoatom warned on Saturday that it was now operating with the risk of radioactive leaks and fire.

The 191 signatories to the NPT, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote complete disarmament and promote cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York since August 1.

The Meeting of Signatory Countries was held at the United Nations Headquarters.

But on Friday, Russia blocked the adoption of a joint statement, denouncing some brazenly political paragraphs in the final draft text.

Despite Russia's cynical obstruction, the fact that all other parties backed the final document demonstrates the essential role of the treaty in preventing nuclear proliferation, if However, the American official quoted above is congratulated.

On Saturday, Austria, a neutral and non-nuclear country, had however denounced the attitude of Russia and the other great powers.

Contrary to the disarmament commitments enshrined in the NPT, the five nuclear-weapon states – the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom and Russia – are increasing or are perfecting their arsenals, the Austrian government wrote in a press release, denouncing their perceptible lack of will to implement previously unfulfilled contractual obligations.

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