Russian Parliament Reverses Nuclear Test Ban Ratification

3:41β€―am Wednesday, 25 October 2023 (GMT-7) Time in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Page 1:Β  MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian upper house revokes global nuclear test ban, citing U.S. actions.

Page 2: The Federation Council votes to rescind the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).Β 

Page 3: The bill heads to President Vladimir Putin for final approval after lower house approval.Β 

Page 4: Putin's warning led to the decision, mirroring the U.S., which signed but did not ratify the CTBT.Β 

Page 5: The CTBT, adopted in 1996, aims to ban nuclear explosions worldwide.Β 

Page 6: China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and Egypt haven't ratified it.Β 

Page 7: Concerns arise that Russia may resume nuclear tests to deter Western support for Ukraine.Β 

Page 8: Russian hawks advocate for resuming tests, while Putin remains undecided.Β 

Page 9: Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov states Russia's commitment to the ban.Β 

Page 10: Moscow awaits a change in U.S. policy to resume a strategic stability dialogue.Β