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Russia hopes for US common sense in NPT Review Conference matter – embassy

Using this specialized multilateral platform to raise issues that are not essential to the NPT problem would be a serious mistake for Washington, according to the Russian diplomatic mission

WASHINGTON, June 18. /TASS/. Russia hopes that common sense would prevail in the United States in the matter of holding the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Russian Embassy in the United States said.

Commenting on an article by Adam Scheinman, the US President’s special representative for nuclear non-proliferation (SRNN), the embassy said: "Judging by the official’s remarks, Washington plans to use this specialized multilateral platform for raising issues that are non-essential to the NPT issue."

"It would be a serious mistake that aggravates the already strained situation regarding the goal of reinforcing the non-proliferation regime, set before the international community," the embassy said in a statement, posted in its Telegram channel.

"We hope that Washington and its allies would have sufficient political will and common sense to put the interests of preserving NPT above timeserving goals," the statement reads. "Russia is poised for cooperation with all interested parties in order to hold the review conference in a constructive manner, to reaffirm commitment to provisions of the treaty and to the task of strengthening it."

The Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is held every five years. The tenth edition of the event was to be held in New York back in May 2020, but was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.