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The expert admitted the possibility of deterioration of the situation around the NPT

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."

As noted by Arbatov, pandemic COVID-19 had a negative impact on arms control, but did not affect the military programs of the leading States.

According to Arbatov, a year later the situation with the NPT can deteriorate, not improve. Earlier it was reported that the review conference of the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT) postponed to early next year.

Earlier, the Washington Post, citing sources reported that the US administration discussed the possibility of holding the first since 1992 nuclear testing. As said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, Moscow does not exclude that the US is preparing the ground for the withdrawal of his signature under the Treaty on the comprehensive test ban Treaty (CTBT).

The agreement on a comprehensive test ban Treaty (CTBT) was signed in 1996, however, a number of countries, including the US and China still have not ratified it, unlike Russia, which did it in 2000. The countries with nuclear weapons have assumed a voluntary commitment not to conduct such tests.