Sunday, September 29, 2013


Arms Trade Treaty standards too low to join – Moscow,Russia

Russia has not yet decided to join the Arms Trade Treaty as its standards are inferior to the ones used in its own system of military-industrial cooperation, a senior diplomat has said.

Armored vehicles of the Uralvagonzavof Scientific Industrial Complex at the Ninth International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition in Nizhny Tagil. 

“Our decision on whether we should join this treaty has not yet been taken. It will be taken later, with consideration of many factors not excluding the speed of the treaty’s ratification by countries that had already signed it,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

The statement was made at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 international trade exhibition currently underway near the city of Nizhny Tagil.

The official noted that the major objection from the Russian side was that the developers of the treaty refuse to include in it the paragraphs that would regulate the transfer of arms to non-governmental structures and subjects without official powers.

“This is a direct violation of the existing norms of the international law, including the UN prerogatives,” Ryabkov said, adding that the standards used in the current version of the treaty are below the ones that are used in the system of the military-technical cooperation used by Russia.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a major international agreement that was developed by a global conference organized by the United Nations and approved by the UN General Assembly in April this year.

The Russian delegation at the UN abstained from voting when it happened.

The document does not interfere with internal laws of the nations that join it, but it does require international transition of data about end users of weapons from the traders to manufacturers.

ATT has already been signed by 86 states. It has not yet come into force as no nation has yet ratified it. Fifty states are required to ratify the ATT for this to happen.
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