Articles by Roman Vassilenko

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Diplomatic Dispatch

Dear readers, During the almost four years that The Astana Times has existed, foreign ambassadors, diplomats and officials at the offices of international organisations in Kazakhstan have been among our keenest readers. And we have sought to cover their work extensively, by launching a series of interviews with ambassadors, publishing their opinions and the opinions…

Striving for a Nuclear Weapons Free World

The participation of Kazakhstan’s delegation in two major conferences on the humanitarian impact of the use of nuclear weapons in Oslo in early March offered a unique opportunity to remind the world that the pain of the Semipalatinsk tragedy lingers even today, 20 years after the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site by President…