MOSCOW, September 27. /TASS/. Washington has essentially axed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by refusing to ratify it, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov stated during a press conference on Friday.
Seventy years ago this week, the first nuclear explosion took place at the now shut down Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site. A momentous event, its shock waves were felt far beyond Central Asia for decades to come. The successful test of the first Soviet bomb marked the formal launch of the nuclear arms race and the escalation of the Cold War to a dangerous new level.
With ongoing and often frustrating nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea and heightened tensions between nuclear neighbors India and Pakistan over Kashmir, having a clear picture of a nation’s nuclear capabilities and how often they are testing them provides critical national security information.
“The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero-yield’ standard,” Ashley said in a statement at an arms control forum held recently at the Hudson Institute (Reuters). He added that Russia has probably been doing low-level nuclear testing, which violates the CTBT.