President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Friday there is “no alternative to nuclear parity” for global security, speaking after the Geneva-based ICAN group won the Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to ban the atomic bomb.
“President Vladimir Putin has spoken many times about the importance of nuclear parity, for which there is no alternative from the point of view of global security and stability,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
He reiterated Russia’s “consistent and active position aimed at the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons”.
“Russia is a responsible member of the nuclear club,” Peskov said, adding that one had to “respect” the decision of the Nobel committee. However, the accord was largely symbolic as none of the nine known world nuclear powers signed up to it.—Agencies