Russia blocks final draft of nuclear disarmament treaty at UN

The latest draft text had expressed ‘grave concern’ over military activities around Ukrainian power plants, including Zaporizhzhia, as well as over Ukraine’s loss of control of such sites and the negative effect on safety [File: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

A joint proclamation on the nuclear disarmament treaty of the United Nations that criticized Moscow’s armed takeover of the Ukrainian nuclear plant Zaporizhzhia has been vetoed by Russia.
The final document, which was more than 30 pages lengthy, was criticized by Igor Vishnevetsky, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, for lacking “balance.”

“Our delegation has one key objection on some paragraphs which are blatantly political in nature,” he said, adding that Russia was not the only country to take issue with the draft text.
The goal of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which its 191 members reevaluate every five years, is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, advance full disarmament, and foster cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Since August 1, the countries have assembled at the UN building in New York to engage in a month of negotiations, including a final session that was postponed on Friday for a number of hours.

Putin orders Russia to increase size of armed forces by 137,000

Service members of Russian troops ride on top an armoured vehicle in a Russian-held area of the Zaporizhzhia region in Ukraine [File: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

President orders Russian military to increase its number of soldiers to a total of 1.15 million.

In light of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has directed the military to raise its manpower by 137,000, to a total of 1.15 million personnel.
The terms of Putin’s order, which becomes effective on January 1st, are vague as to whether the military would increase its manpower through increased conscription, increased recruitment of volunteers, or a combination of both.
With the directive that was published on Thursday, there will be 1,150,628 more service members in the Russian military, bringing the total to 2,039,758. The military has 1,902,758 and 1,013,628 members, respectively, in the beginning of 2018.
Only volunteer contract soldiers, according to the Kremlin, are involved in what it refers to as the “special military operation” in Ukraine.



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