August 1, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York on August 1.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York on Aug. 1 (David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called on Russia to honor its nuclear arms control commitments, accusing Moscow of “reckless, dangerous clattering of nuclear sabers” as part of its war in Ukraine and warning against the negative impact the war will have on this month’s conference to reiterate the importance of nuclear non-proliferation.

In remarks at the start of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations, the top US diplomat noted that Russia had joined the NPT’s other core states – the United States, the United Kingdom, France and China – in a joint statement in January stressing the importance of avoiding nuclear war and arms race.

“The following month, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and it engages in reckless, dangerous nuclear saber chatter, with the president warning that those who support Ukraine’s self-defense “risk consequences like you’ve never seen in your entire life.” .” history,’” said Blinken.

Blinken said Russia’s war violates the UN Charter, the rules-based international order and the Budapest Memorandum, the 1994 agreement in which Russia pledged to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and Kiev agreed to lose its nuclear arsenal.

“What message does this send to a country around the world that may think it needs nuclear weapons to protect, defend and deter aggression against its sovereignty and independence? The worst possible message. And so it’s directly relevant to what’s happening here at the United Nations this month,” he said.

“Recently we saw Russia’s aggression with the seizure of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhya, the largest of its kind in all of Europe,” Blinken continued. “Russia is now using the plant as a military base to fire at Ukrainians, knowing they cannot and will not fire back because they could accidentally hit a reactor or high-level waste in storage.”

“That takes the idea of ​​a human shield to a very different and horrifying level,” he said.

Blinken contrasted Moscow’s actions with those of the US, which he said were trying to prevent escalation “by forgoing previously scheduled ICBM tests and not raising the alert status of our nuclear forces in response to the chatter of Russian sabers. “

“There is no place in our world, no place in our world for nuclear deterrence based on coercion, intimidation or blackmail,” he said.

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