Nonproliferation discussed at G8 officials’ meeting in Moscow
BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union
Text of report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
Moscow, 27 February: Nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction was discussed at a meeting of the group of directors of foreign ministries of the G8 states in Moscow, ITAR-TASS has been told at the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. The group includes heads of departments of the foreign ministries of Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the USA, France and Japan [the countries other than Russia are listed in Russian alphabetical order].
“The meeting noted the importance of enhancing the coordinated efforts of the G8 in this direction,” a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said. “Russia confirmed its commitment to the common G8 line on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction as coordinated in an action plan at Sea Island and confirmed at Gleneagles.”
The Moscow meeting was the group’s first since Russia had taken over G8 presidency. The next meeting of the directors is scheduled for 13 April.
Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1748 gmt 27 Feb 06