Russian parliament’s lower chamber’s speaker announced on Tuesday that Russia is repealing its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty due to the US’s reckless approach to international security.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that Russia reverse ratification of the 1996 deal because the US had not approved it.
Before a discussion and legislative vote on rescinding ratification, Speaker of the Duma Vyacheslav Volodin declared, “We are withdrawing the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in the interests of ensuring the security of our country.”
“The Russian Federation will do everything to protect its citizens and to maintain global strategic parity,” Volodin declared.
This hints at the re-emergence of the nuclear arms race between the major countries that put an end to nuclear testing in the years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The restart of nuclear testing by Russia may be followed by similar tests by China and the US.
Most scientists and environmental activists believe such nuclear bomb testing may wipe out humanity and poison the earth for hundreds of thousands of years.
The nuclear arsenal race may pick up as Russia and Russia are at loggerheads because of the conflict in Ukraine. China is trying to enhance its status as a superpower by increasing its nuclear arsenal.