Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its hope that Russia and US will resolve issues regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, reported Astana Times Thursday.
The Ministry issued a statement on August 4 saying that Kazakhstan regrets that the two countries terminated the treaty.
“The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its regret over the decision of the United States to withdraw its participation from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles – one of the most important factors in maintaining international security.”
The statement also noted that the termination of the INF Treaty may “trigger a new arms race in many regions of the world and poses a serious threat to global peace and security.”
“Kazakhstan has always stood for the preservation and strict observance of the treaty by all parties and supported its value as a unique historic agreement that allowed to eliminate a whole class of nuclear delivery vehicles and achieve significant progress in nuclear disarmament in accordance with Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website