Deputy Secretary General stresses importance of transparency in arms control and disarmament

  • 23 Jun. 2014 -
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  • Last updated: 23 Jun. 2014 14:52

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow called on Monday (23 June) participants of the 10th annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation to seize the discussions in this forum as an unique opportunity to shape the global non-proliferation and disarmament agendas, and to take them forward.

In his remarks at the conference, Ambassador Vershbow expressed regret that trust between NATO and Russia is now at a new low: “One of the issues that we have sought to discuss with Russia was transparency on short-range nuclear weapons. We felt that the vast asymmetry in numbers between Russia and NATO would make negotiations about their reduction or eventual elimination difficult and protracted. But we also felt that transparency measures would serve a most useful purpose: to enhance our security by building trust. Regretfully, that trust is now at a new low”.

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