Russian Federation
Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the Russian Federation stated:
In its willingness to contribute to the effort of African States to create a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Africa, the Russian Federation decided to sign Protocols I and II to the relevant Treaty signed in Cairo on 11 April 1996. We are also pleased to note that all nuclear-weapon States have subscribed this year to the respective Protocols to the Treaty of Rarotonga. In our view, it is important that the existing zones set a good example for achieving similar agreements for the Middle East and South Asia. 
Russian Federation, Statement before the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, UN Doc. A/C.1/51/PV.6, 17 October 1996, p. 3.