The United States is trying to undermine all non-proliferation and arms control agreements, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a press briefing on Friday in the run-up to the third session of the preparatory committee of the 2020 NPT Review Conference.
"The United States has been for decades undermining the multilateral equal cooperation principles to resolve the most pressing international security issuess that had been meticulously developed for years and carefully preserved," he said. "Actually, there is not a single multilateral non-proliferation or arms control agreement, which the US did not try to undermine or from which it did not withdraw," TASS quoted the diplomat as saying.
The nuclear arms reduction process should be multilateral and gradual, Ryabkov noted.
"Our stance is that the process of reducing nuclear weapons can be gradual and based solely on the indivisible and unified security principle. It is essential to make the nuclear disarmament process multilateral. All actions in this regard should be based on consensus in the interests of all countries," he said.