The accident at a naval testing range in the Arkhangelsk region is not related to nuclear tests banned under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Alexey Karpov, Russia’s acting permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna, said.

“The tests conducted at the military testing range on August 8 near Severodvinsk were related to the development of weapons, which we were forced to start developing as a retaliatory measure in connection with the US unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty [ABM Treaty] in 2002”, Karpov said during the 53rd session of the working group of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO).

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