Vladimir Putin has told United Nations participants at the nuclear conference on the treaty that “nuclear war must never be started.”
Following the highest nuclear tensions in history between NATO and Moscow since the Ukraine war started, Putin has told the conference by letter in New York that Russia is consistently “complying with the letter and the spirit of the Treaty.”
The UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that humanity is “just one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” and the world are facing a threat “not seen since the height of the Cold War.”
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Putin wrote in his letter to the UN, “As a state party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and one of its depositories, Russia is consistently complying with the letter and the spirit of the Treaty.
“We proceed from the fact that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed, and we stand for equal and indivisible security for all members of the world community.”
Guterres told officials at the start of a conference in New York of countries belonging to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, “We have been extraordinarily lucky so far.
“But luck is not a strategy.
“Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict.”
The US, France and Britain in a statement, “Following Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful war of aggression against Ukraine, we call on Russia to cease its irresponsible and dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behavior, to uphold its international commitments.
“Nuclear weapons, for as long as they exist, should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war.
“We condemn those who would use or threaten to use nuclear weapons for military coercion, intimidation, and blackmail.”
The statement by the US, France and Britain added, “The NPT [Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons] has reduced the risk of a devastating nuclear war, and further reduction of that risk must be a priority for all NPT states parties and for this Review Conference.”