Greetings by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the opening of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Vladimir Putin sent a message of greetings to the participants and guests of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
The message reads, in part:
"In over half a century of its existence, this Treaty has become a key element in the international security and strategic stability system. Its requirements in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy fully meet the interests of both the nuclear and the non-nuclear-weapon states.
As a party to the NPT and one of its depositaries, Russia consistently follows the letter and spirit of the Treaty. Our obligations under the bilateral agreements with the United States on the reduction and limitation of the relevant weapons have been fully realised. We believe that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community.
We attach great importance to the IAEA’s safeguard system as a verification mechanism under the Treaty and consider it extremely important to ensure objective, depoliticised and technically grounded application.
We believe that all NPT-compliant countries should have the right to the peaceful use of the atom without any additional preconditions. We are ready to share our experience in nuclear energy with our partners.
We expect that this Conference will reaffirm the willingness of all states – parties to the NPT to strictly comply with their commitments and will make a significant contribution to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime to ensure peace, security and stability in the world."