Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime

August 4 marks the 25th anniversary of Russia’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the only multilateral missile export control mechanism. Adopted in 1987, the Regime has since established itself as an authoritative consensus-based forum that effectively combines the participating countries’ national approaches and expertise to develop solutions that make a meaningful contribution to building a reliable infrastructure to prevent the proliferation of WMD delivery vehicles. So far 35 states have joined the agreement.

Over the past quarter century, the Russian side has always been deeply involved in all MTCR projects. Russia is one of the leading donors in the information exchange under the Regime and makes a significant contribution to the MTCR’s Licensing and Enforcement Experts Meetings. As a country that possesses advanced rocket and space technologies, Russia actively participates in the work of the MTCR Technical Experts Meetings to regularly update the list of controlled goods and technologies.

The MTCR list of dual-use products that can potentially be used in the development of ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, has become a benchmark in the corresponding areas of ​​export control even for non-regime states.

We are in favour of preserving the purely technical character of the Regime and admitting new members only if they have major rocket and space potential and can make a tangible contribution to the implementation of the MTCR goals and objectives.

In 2021-2022, the Russian Federation will preside over the Regime, approved by a unanimous decision of the participating states. Both in the chairmanship and in our national capacity, we will strive to uphold and further improve the effective work of the MTCR in the interests of attaining the imperative goals of non-proliferation of WMD delivery vehicles.

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