Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

on the signing of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and US President Barack Obama

in Prague on April 8, 2010

 

Kazakhstan, having shut sown the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and voluntarily renounced the arsenal of nuclear weapons, warmly welcomes the signing of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between Russia and the United States. The world's two largest nuclear weapon states have thus shown their firm political will to reduce their arsenals and strengthen the global nuclear security, which instills hope that a nuclear weapons free future for the mankind is both possible and achievable.

The signing of a new treaty on the eve of the Global Nuclear Security Summit, as well as the NPT review conference, opens up great prospects for more decisive steps toward global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We express our hope that all other large nuclear weapon states will follow the lead of Russia and USA and will take appropriate measures in order to reduce their nuclear arsenals.

Kazakhstan, which had been a party to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991 along with Ukraine and Belarus, has made significant contribution to the strategic arms reduction process. Our contribution received high appraisal and was put into the preamble of the new Treaty.

Kazakhstan will continue sparing no efforts for achieving a nuclear weapons free world.