Lavrov declares Russia's readiness to continue INF Treaty dialogue with U.S.

Lavrov declares Russia's readiness to continue INF Treaty dialogue with U.S.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to continue dialogue with Washington to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).

"Although the expert consultations held by Russia and the U.S. in Geneva on January 15 ended in failure because of the United States’ ultimatum-like manner, we are still ready to continue a specific and professional dialogue to try to save this most important treaty and make a significant contribution to strategic stability," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

"Clearly, the destruction of the Treaty is fraught with the most negative consequences for global strategic stability. Following the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the entire arms control system will be endangered, including the New START and nuclear non-proliferation," TASS cited the top Russain diplomat as saying.

Maas, in turn, said that "the Europeans are concerned about the situation because politicians and diplomats still remember the crisis that emerged after the Pershing missiles had been deployed to Europe in the past century."

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