Moscow regrets non-adoption of final document at NPT Review Conference because of U.S., UK, Canada

The Russian Foreign Ministry says it regrets the fact that the participants in a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York did not approve a final document, which included a clause concerning the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

The Russian Foreign Ministry says it regrets the fact that the participants in a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York did not approve a final document, which included a clause concerning the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

"We have to say with regret that, because of the U.S.', the United Kingdom's, and Canada's position, the participants in the conference could not adopt a final document including provisions on implementing a 1995 resolution on setting up a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction (WMDFZ) and means of their delivery in the Middle East," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.

"The draft resolution on a Middle East WMDFZ based on ideas and practical proposals that Russia put forward during the conference was aimed at intensifying a productive dialogue toward the implementation of the 1995 resolution," it said.

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