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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), US President Donald Trump (2nd L), First lady Melania Trump (L), Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (2nd R) and his wife Jenni Haukio pose for a picture during a meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018.

    Finland Ready for New Nuclear Talks as Treaties Come Apart – President

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Finland is open to new nuclear talks to shore up the deteriorating post-Cold War non-proliferation pacts, President Sauli Niinisto stated.

    "I will take up the matter with state leaders and indicate Finland's readiness to facilitate the start of a new round of negotiations," he was quoted as saying by Yle, a Finnish public broadcaster.

    The next opportunity will be this week's Peace Forum in Paris, France, where world leaders will discuss how to minimize international tensions.

    Speaking at a national defense meeting in Helsinki, Niinisto warned that dissolving treaties posted huge risks to international security.

    "Having an arena without treaties would present enormous risks. The Cold War of our past would be surpassed by an Ice Cold War," he stressed.

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    Niinisto spoke the same day as the United States reimposed sanctions on Iran after quitting a historic 2015 nuclear agreement, which curbed Tehran’s atomic energy program.

    Last month, the United States threatened to abandon a Cold War era pact with Russia, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which bans both countries from building medium-range ground-based nuclear missiles.

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