Nato-Russia Council

Regular dialogue on ADN continues

NATO-Russia Council Arms Control Disarmament and Non-ProliferationThe Canadian Government speaking to the press following their 2012 nuclear security crisis management exercise, the NRC ADN working group also received a briefing on the exercise earlier this year.

Regular dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation working group has continued over the course of 2013. NRC experts have exchanged views and received detailed briefings on a range of key topics on the group’s agenda.

This continued on 6 November when the prospects for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) took centre stage. The group received a briefing by Ambassador Balázs Csuday, the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN in Vienna, as well as a briefing by Ms Anna Selezneva, an expert from the Department for Security and Disarmament at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Across the year the group has received briefings on further topics including the New START Treaty (which was the subject of a joint briefing by the US and Russia), the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, Nuclear Security Summit, Proliferation Security Initiative, space security and border security. In May, the group also received an update on the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), by the Chairman of the NPT Preparatory Committee Ambassador Cornel Feruta from Romania.

The dynamic tone for the year was set in January 2013, when the NRC ADN working group held a plenary meeting with senior level (department director and higher) officials from the NATO-Russia Council nations’ capitals to discuss important non-proliferation developments in 2012. A broad range of issues related to state of play in the disarmament and non-proliferation field were discussed at this meeting, as well as their national policy priorities in this area in 2013.

In the group, planning is already underway for the topics the group will address in 2014. Several Delegations have expressed hope that the robust cycle of meetings on key topics on the ADN agenda continues.