SAN FRANCISCO (Sputnik) — Russia stands ready to discuss the issue of nuclear disarmament and security of non-nuclear nations at the upcoming Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said.
"At the CD, we are also ready to discuss nuclear disarmament, security guarantees to non-nuclear states, as well as other challenges related to disarmament and strengthening of international security," Antonov told Russian students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, on Thursday.
Antonov noted that the matter of including all nuclear states without exception in the process of reducing nuclear weapons is becoming more and more important.
"The issue of including absolutely all nuclear states in the process of limiting and reducing nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly pressing," Antonov told students.
The ambassador stressed that Russia is determined to fulfill its obligations under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) by February of next year.
"Despite the one-sided disruption of the ABM Treaty we have managed to sign the New START Treaty in 2010. One of the current goals is to reach the levels of strategic arms set by the Treaty by February 2018," Antonov said. "We will fulfill our commitments."