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    Moscow is ready to deliberate the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) new arms control concept as soon as more specific language is introduced to the proposal, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's European Cooperation Department said Thursday.

    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.

    "It is good that Mr. Steinmeier has put forward the idea to revive dialogue on arms control. I recently admitted a representative of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who brought some of the initiatives, but there are no specifics and it is not very clear what to do," Andrei Kelin said at the second young diplomats' European forum.

    "If NATO countries do create this new concept and it will be worked out and presented to us, we are ready to consider it. So far, we only have the famous article of the German foreign minister, in which he mentioned only a few ideas," Kelin stressed.


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