Russia hails Sarkozy’s nuclear missile plan

March 22nd, 2008 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, March 22 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s foreign ministry has praised French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s initiative to ban medium and shorter-range nuclear missiles, saying it is in line with Moscow’s October 2007 proposal. “We welcome the proposals designed to strengthen international security,” the ministry said Friday.

“Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, President Vladimir Putin proposed making obligations under it binding for all countries at a meeting with the US defence and foreign secretaries Oct 13, 2007,” it said.

Sarkozy, in a speech at the northern port of Cherbourg, Friday, announced a cut in France’s nuclear arsenal, to less than 300 warheads, and urged China and the US to halt weapons tests.

He called for negotiations on a treaty to ban short and intermediate-range ground-to-ground missiles and a treaty to ban the manufacturing of material for nuclear weapons.

“I propose launching negotiations without delay for a treaty banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons and to impose an immediate moratorium on the production of these materials,” Sarkozy said.

The French president also urged China and the US to ratify a nuclear test ban treaty they signed in 1996. “It’s time to ratify,” he said.
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