Russian, German foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine, Syria in Moscow on Friday

Saul Bowman
January 19, 2019

"Recently we have noted that the American side has even hardened its tone, we see that as not a very favourable signal", Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russia's Interfax news agency ahead of the Geneva talks.

The United States on Wednesday rejected a Russian offer to save a landmark treaty that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe because it could not be properly verified, setting the stage for Washington to withdraw from the pact next month.

Ryabkov said the parties had failed to agree on anything and Washington did not appear to be in the mood for more negotiations.

February no longer feel bound to the Treaty if Russian Federation agrees to the destruction of new cruise missiles.

Lavrov, addressing his annual news conference, said the US approach to Venezuela showed USA efforts to try to undermine governments around the world it didn't like were continuing.

The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt Tuesday after the USA and Russian Federation blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse.

"We are still ready to work to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty", Russia's top diplomat told reporters.

Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with U.S. officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month.

But Thompson said the Russian side only offered a look at the cruise missile system, a so-called static display, which she said would not verify the true range of its warheads.


Russian negotiators on Tuesday proposed holding another round of talks on the agreement but received no reply from the U.S. side, Ryabkov has said.

The brother of a former U.S. Marine with multiple citizenships says Irish government representatives have visited Paul Whelan at the Russian prison where he is being held on an espionage charge.

Separately, Lavrov urged more dialogue in an effort to prevent the collapse of a key arms control treaty.

The agreement, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow, expires in 2021.

He slammed Washington's overall position, saying the potential for conflict was increasing due to the West's unwillingness to accept "the reality of an emerging multi-polar world" and its desire to "impose its will" on the rest of the global community.

It put an end to a mini-arms race in the 1980s triggered by the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20 nuclear missiles targeting Western European capitals.

US President Donald Trump had in October announced that his country would pull out of the INF Treaty on account of Russia's alleged breach of the agreement, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Asked if Russia could release the minutes of Trump's one-on-one negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lavrov dismissed the idea, saying it defies the basic culture of diplomacy.

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