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Russia seeks clarification from the United States, Australia and Britain regarding the "Okos"

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that his country has requested clarifications from the United States, Australia and Britain regarding the establishment of a new defense partnership called "Okos".

Ryabkov added, in statements to reporters today, Wednesday: "We have a lot of questions about the creation of "Okos", and we have handed them over to the American side, and we will also direct them to Australian colleagues, and we are currently looking at them to British colleagues."

"These questions relate in particular to the compatibility of the potential export of 90 percent enriched bunker fuel under the New Deal with Australia's obligations under the IAEA Safeguards Agreement and its Supplementary Annex."

Ryabkov explained that the Okus file will not be on the agenda of the negotiations on strategic stability between Moscow and Washington, whose new round will start in Geneva on Thursday, considering that this deal means the Americans' disdain for the non-proliferation regimes of weapons of mass destruction, which Washington always declares its commitment to and invites others. to be strictly applied.

On September 15, the United States, Australia and Britain announced the conclusion of the defense partnership "Ocos", which includes the exchange of military technologies and the provision of eight nuclear-powered submarines to the Australian Army.

In another context, Sergei Ryabkov stressed that Moscow would not support North Korea's attempts to use some test launches in a way that aggravates the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

"We monitor all information that comes from various sources on this subject, and we link it, of course, to the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, which imposed a fairly strict sanctions regime against North Korea and set requirements," Ryabkov said, according to the Russian TASS news agency reported today. and criteria for developing North Korea's military capabilities.

He noted that recent missile launches, including the test of hypersonic missiles, "may impede the prospects for resuming dialogue to resolve the issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

"The main thing now is not to allow steps that would impede this political process," the Russian deputy foreign minister added.

Ryabkov expressed his belief that there is an alternative path, saying: "The sooner we resume the political process and dialogue, the better for the security of the entire Northeast Asia and global security as well."