USA: Russia blocks NPT consensus by not recognizing radiological risk at Zaporozhye NPP
The US and other countries continue to urge Moscow to stop hostilities near Zaporozhye and return control of the plant to Ukraine
The US Foreign Office said on Thursday that Russia was the only country whose objections failed to reach consensus on the final document of the Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
“Russia did this in order to block language recognizing a serious radiological risk at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the very challenge the conference is designed to address,” said Vedant Patel, deputy State Department spokesman, in a statement. “The failure of the Russian Federation to adopt such language in the face of an overwhelming international consensus highlights the need for the United States and others to continue to urge Russia to end hostilities near the ZNPP and return control of the plant to Ukraine.”
Department of State stressed the important role of the NPT in preventing nuclear proliferation and averting the danger of nuclear war. During the conference, the NPT participants reaffirmed the need for action on arms control, proliferation and expansion of access to peaceful nuclear energy, science and technology.
“We are proud to have worked constructively and in good faith with all parties towards achieving consensus. Russia's actions are reflected only on it. It is clear that the rest of the NPT states recognize the role of the Treaty as an essential pillar of the rules-based international order,” Patel stressed.