Today, the world is witnessing yet another provocative step by the aggressor state in line with its nuclear blackmail - the Russian State Duma has approved in the first reading a draft law on the withdrawal of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
This decision is part of a chain of events that have been taking place in Russia in recent years. The aggressor state has already provoked a dangerous misbalance in the global architecture of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation with its decisions to suspend participation in the New START Treaty and the illegal deployment of the Russian tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. Such irresponsible behavior of the country with the largest nuclear potential in the world once again endangers international security and stability.
CTBT remains one of the key legal elements of the global security architecture in the area of nuclear arms limitation and non-proliferation. We reconfirm our support of the dedicated efforts by the Executive Secretary of the CTBT Preparatory Commission Robert Floyd on the way to universalization and entry into force of the Treaty.
Ukraine condemns Russia's steps aimed at revoking the Treaty's ratification, and calls on the international community to respond accordingly to Moscow's provocations aimed at harming the object and purpose of the CTBT.