Russia ready to hold US talks on arms pact
Russia's Foreign Ministry says it is ready for talks with the United States to try to keep a landmark arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War alive and that Moscow would comply with its obligations if the US did.
The ministry was referring to the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which was signed in 1987 and banned all Soviet and American short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles.
Friday's statement was published to mark the 30th anniversary of the treaty, which was signed with the Soviet Union.Bethlehem peace light arrives in Germany
The ministry said Moscow was ready to hold talks with the US on problems that have arisen around the treaty, but considered "the language of ultimatums" and attempts to pressure Russia by imposing sanctions unacceptable.