Lavrov says West wants direct nuclear conflict with Russia

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 24th April.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.on Tuesday that the West is teetering on the brink of a direct military clash between nuclear powers with its support for Ukraine.

Lavrov said that such a tendency is “fraught with catastrophic consequences” and indicates “serious strategic risks,” during a video message to a conference on nuclear non-proliferation in Moscow.

He noted that the world is now experiencing a crisis in arms control, disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, Xinhua news agency reported.

Lavrov called for joint efforts to build a renewed international security architecture based on the principles of multilateralism, equality and indivisibility.

He said Russia is ready to discuss ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty as soon as the US does the same.

Russia revoked ratification of the treaty in November last year.

It was signed in 1996, the treaty is a multilateral agreement that bans all nuclear explosion tests conducted for peaceful or military purposes. Russia ratified the treaty in 2000, while the US has yet to ratify it.

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