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Sweden to avoid joining the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty (NPT)

Bern, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Switzerland has no intention for the moment to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), because of the conflict in Ukraine, said today a statement from the Foreign Ministry of this country.

Sweden maintains its position to fulfill its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty commitments, but without signing the NPT, according to a decision approved during a meeting this day of the Federal Council of this neutral European state.

On July 7, 2017, after years of negotiations, 122 countries initialed the NPT at a ceremony in New York.

The document entered into force in 2021, after 50 countries ratified it, excluding Russia, the United Kingdom, China, the United States and France.

The first conference of the signatory states to the document took place in June 2022, but, again, the five major nuclear powers were absent.

Sweden used the argument of the confrontation in Ukraine, where on February 24, 2022, President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation to protect the population of the uprising Donbas region, which denounced Kiev’s eight-year genocide.