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    Moscow is open to dialogue on the issues of control of conventional arms in Europe, Mikhail Ulyanov, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In August, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in an op-ed that a new Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) would help avoid an arms race between Russia and NATO and would contribute to "transparency, risk prevention and confidence building." He pointed out Moscow's repeated calls for new discussions on the issue.

    "As we understand, this initiative was spelled out by the realization of dangers of the situation in the European security sphere slipping to the stage typical for the times of ‘cold war.’ If so, we believe that this proposal deserves careful consideration. Although this issue has many pitfalls complicating the prospect of achieving any agreement, Russia is open to dialogue," Mikhail Ulyanov said on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly First Committee on disarmament and international security.

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