GENEVA / RUSSIA DISARMAMENT

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Addressing the Conference on Disarmament today in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that although Moscow and Washington still possess the largest nuclear arsenals, the two countries do not " live in a vacuum."

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STORY: GENEVA / RUSSIA DISARMAMENT
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LANGUAGE: RUSSUIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 1 MARCH 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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RECENT 2011, PALAIS DES NATIONS, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

1 MARCH 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation arrives to the Conference on Disarmament
3. Cutaway, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“It is clear that Moscow and Washington still possess the largest nuclear arsenals. We however do not live in a vacuum. The decrease in total numbers of Russian and US nuclear arsenals leads to a situation when the thresholds on delivery vehicles become of increased importance: in the long run, it is the number of delivery vehicles, their technical characteristics and viability, as well as a number of other factors that determine the actual deterrence capability. Involvement of all nuclear weapon states without exception in this process of limitation and reduction of their own arsenals is more and more pressing.”
5. Cutaway, Russian Delegation
6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“We insist that there is a clear need to take into account the factors that negatively affect the strategic ability, such as plans to place weapons in outer space, to develop non-nuclear armed strategic offensive weapons, as well as unilateral deployment of a global BMD system. Nor could we ignore the considerable imbalances in conventional arms, especially against the background of dangerous conflicts persisting in many regions of the world. It is not possible to talk about "global zero" while disregarding these factors.”
7. Cutaway, delegates at the Conference on Disarmament
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“Meanwhile the disarmament agenda includes a number of priority issues which should and can be resolved today. It means in particular to ensure early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Once again we encourage all countries which have not yet done so to ratify this Treaty. Unilateral moratoriums on nuclear tests are useful, but they cannot substitute for enshrining this key obligation for global security in the international law.”
9. Cutaway, Indian delegate
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“Russia's key priority for the CD (Conference on Disarmament) is the prevention of an arms race in outer space. In 6 weeks we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the heroic feat of Yuri Gagarin that has been forever ranked among the greatest achievements of civilisation. It is all the more important to be responsible and careful about the use of outer space. We sometimes hear why worry if no real problem exists? We view such an approach as a wrong one. There are already capabilities in the world to deploy weapons in outer space or to use force against spacecraft. The build up in such capabilities will increase their destabilizing impact.”
11. Cutaway, conference room


STORYLINE:

Addressing the Conference on Disarmament today (1 March) in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that although Moscow and Washington still possess the largest nuclear arsenals, the countries do not “ live in a vacuum.”

In the long run, he said, it is the number of delivery vehicles, their technical characteristics and viability, as well as a number of other factors that determine the actual deterrence capability. Lavrov added that the involvement of all nuclear weapon states “without exception” in this process of limiting and reducing their own arsenals “is more and more pressing.”

He encouraged all countries which had not yet ratified the Treaty to do so to, adding that unilateral moratoriums on nuclear tests were useful, but they are not a “substitute” for global security in the international law.”

He also stressed that ending the arms race in space was Russia’s Key priority for the conference. “There are already capabilities in the world to deploy weapons in outer space or to use force against spacecraft. The build up in such capabilities will increase their destabilizing impact.” His visit was the third in the last four years.

The Conference on Disarmament (CD), confirmed in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, was a result of the first Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly held in 1978. It succeeded other Geneva-based negotiating fora such as the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament.

Lavrov said the key priority for his country with this conference was to end the arms race in space.

The Conference on Disarmament (CD), confirmed in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, was a result of the first Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly held in 1978. It succeeded other Geneva-based negotiating fora, such as the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament.
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