The President said, in particular, in his telegram:
“Protecting humanity from the threats posed by weapons of mass destructions is justifiably one of the key issues on the global agenda. The Russian Federation makes a significant contribution to achieving this noble goal by taking concrete and responsible steps to reduce and limit nuclear arms and strengthen the weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation regimes.
One of the most important areas of our action is Russia’s consistent fulfilment of its obligations under the New START Treaty with the USA, which came into force in 2011: our implementation of its provisions is clear evidence of our commitment to a policy of nuclear disarmament.
Russia is open to new joint initiatives in this area. At the same time, it is clear that such undertakings are possible only on a fair and reciprocal basis, and must take into account the various factors influencing international security and strategic stability. Among these factors we include the USA’s unilateral and unlimited deployment of a global missile defence system, the threat of weapons being deployed in space, and the presence of quantitative and qualitative imbalances in conventional weapons in Europe.
In order to foster good conditions for continued nuclear disarmament, Russia consistently supports constructive dialogue with all political forces and public movements seeking to reduce the nuclear threat.
Your organisation has a deservedly high reputation in this area, and we hope that you will continue working actively and constructively to further global disarmament.
I wish you fruitful work and substantial and interesting discussions. I am sure that they will produce new ideas and initiatives aimed at bringing humanity closer to the common goal of building a safe and steady developing world.”
The Congress of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War is taking place in Hiroshima on August 24–26, 2012.