Moscow ready to discuss new forms of control over conventional arms in Europe

Russia formally remains a party to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and is ready to discuss a new arms control regime.

Russia formally remains a party to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and is ready to discuss a new arms control regime.

"Allow me to emphasize that Russia has suspended its involvement in the CFE Treaty Joint Consultative Group but it has not seceded from the Treaty as a whole. Moscow is not rejecting dialogue; it is prepared to discuss a new regime of control over conventional armaments in Europe," head of the Russian delegation to the Vienna negotiations on military security and arms control Anton Mazur told reporters in Moscow on Friday.

Russia suspended its membership in the CFE Treaty in 2007 but continued to participate in the activity of the Joint Consultative Group. Its membership in the Joint Consultative Group was put on hold only on March 11, 2015.

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