Russia strictly observes the moratorium on nuclear testing and complies with all provisions of the Treaty on the comprehensive nuclear test ban (CTBT), said the Russian foreign Ministry.
"Officially confirm that Russia continues to adhere strictly to the announced moratorium on nuclear testing, and to perform the provisions of the CTBT in terms of test ban - despite the fact that the Treaty has not entered into force," - said the Minister.
Moscow says the deterioration of the situation around the Treaty on comprehensive ban of nuclear tests (CTBT) and urged the eight countries that have not ratified the Treaty and, above all, the United States "to give the green light to" transform this document into a fully functioning international legal instrument, said in a statement the foreign Ministry.
30 June marks the 20th anniversary of Russia's ratification of the Treaty on the comprehensive test ban Treaty (CTBT).
The United States reserves the right to nuclear testing, but do not see them in need, said the US special envoy on arms control Marshall Billingsley.
"No, I'm not talking about the withdrawal of the signature on the CTBT. I made it clear that the US Senate rejected (this) Treaty banning tests as entirely flawed, and the United States are not a part of it," said Billingsley on the online press conference.
If the U.S. withdraws from the Treaty on the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban (CTBT), it could lead to the collapse of the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT), head of the Center for international security of the IMEMO ran, academician Alexei Arbatov.
"Now they said that out of the Treaty on open skies. In Washington there is serious talk about the way out of the Treaty on comprehensive ban of nuclear tests. His training took 33 years from the first Treaty of 1963. The achievement is that since 1996, no country except North Korea has not conducted nuclear tests. If USA go out and start testing, will collapse, not only of the Treaty will collapse and the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, because these two contracts are very closely related," he said during an online session, "Primako readings."
Moscow does not exclude that the US is preparing the ground for the withdrawal of his signature under the Treaty on comprehensive ban on nuclear tests, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Earlier, the Washington Post, citing sources reported that the US administration discussed the possibility of holding the first since 1992 nuclear testing.