17 Jun 2019 20:56

Russian Foreign Ministry holds consultations with future chair of Missile Technology Control Regime

MOSCOW. June 17 (Interfax) - The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday hosted a diplomat from New Zealand in the run-up to a Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) plenary session in Oakland this October.

"There was a detailed discussion of the problem of the Regime functioning including preparations for the MTCR plenary session in Oakland on October 7-11, 2019, and a number of other nonproliferation and arms control issues of mutual interest," the ministry stated on its website after consultations with the future MTCR chair, the New Zealand Foreign Ministry's disarmament ambassador Dell Higgie.

Higgie is in Moscow for consultations with the Foreign Ministry over his country's MTCR chairmanship in 2019-2020.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Higgie "discussed pressing international issues of mutual interest with an emphasis on the situation in the sphere of arms control and WMD [weapons of mass destruction] nonproliferation," the ministry said.