Dear PNND members and friends,
The ups and downs of the Ukraine/Russia conflict and the role of nuclear weapons in this conflict, have been of considerable concern for US and European parliamentarians over the past months.
Nuclear tensions have risen, with top-level US legislators calling for the deployment of US nuclear weapons in additional NATO countries to counter ‘Russian aggression’, and Russian officials including President Putin countering with statements indicating that Russia increased the alert-level of its nuclear forces during the height of the Ukraine crisis, and has updated its nuclear targeting guidelines to include the navies of all countries participating in US ballistic missile defence programs.
Parliamentarians have taken efforts to diffuse this tension, including through a Joint Public Letter from NATO Parliamentarians to President Obama opposing any additional deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe, and by supporting the ceasefire agreement reached in Minsk on February 12, 2015.
Support for the Minsk agreement from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCEPA) is especially significant as it includes the parliaments of most European countries (including Ukraine) along with Russia and the United States. PNND held a side event at the Winter Session of the OSCEPA on Humanitarian and Security Initiatives for Nuclear Disarmament: From Vienna to Helsinki, which included a discussion on reducing the role of nuclear weapons in the conflict.
This update provides information on recent parliamentary debates and key upcoming events including the 132nd Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly in Vietnam which is focusing on cyber warfare, and the 2015 Review Conference of States Parties to the NPT.
IPU: Cyber warfare and nuclear weapons
NPT Review Conference, 27 April – 22 May 2015
Global Wave 2015
Parliamentary questions and debates
The UK and Norway are amongst parliaments that have recently had questions and debates on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and possibilities for nuclear disarmament agreements at the 2015 NPT Review Conference. (See UK, Norway and Japan parliaments – on a ban, the pledge and the role of nukes). Please inform us of other parliamentary debates that might be of interest to PNND membership.
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.
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