Russian experts suggest ways for global security

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Only by reorganizing the current international system could the real global security be realized, wrote a group of influential Russian political figures Friday.

"Fulfilling the goal of nuclear disarmament, which should remain a strategic objective, is possible only in the context of a deep reorganization of the entire international system," wrote these experts in the Friday's edition of Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The article was written by former prime minister Yevgeny Primakov, former foreign minister Igor Ivanov, Kurchatov research institute president Yevgeny Velikhov, and former first deputy defense minister Mikhail Moiseyev.

Acknowledging the significance of the new nuclear disarmament treaty signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama earlier this year, the experts believed however that "the next phase of nuclear disarmament cannot be exclusively bilateral."

"Limitations and confidence-building measures toward third nuclear powers will be needed," said the article.

"Unlike the United States, Russia's geostrategic position places the country within the striking distance of all nuclear nations, which must be taken it into account in the course of further nuclear disarmament," it added.

"In such a context, nuclear disarmament is not so much an end in itself as it is an important direction in which to head, a precondition and a means for reorganizing international life on a more civilized basis in the direct sense of the word and in accordance with the imperatives of our century," said the experts.

They meanwhile believed that, "as long as the threat of the projection of force and its direct use exists in international relations, Russia will be compelled to keep up a sufficient military -- and nuclear, too -- potential so as to defend itself, its allies and its legitimate interests."

Russia's global status would not be assured via nuclear deterrence as commonly believed, the experts argued.

"Russia's status in the world around will be assured, first and foremost, by economic modernization, a growth of living standards, the people's social and political rights and freedoms, and development of science and culture," they suggested instead.

Source: Xinhua


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