25 Sep 2018 12:30

U.S. unwilling to discuss disarmament with Russia - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Sept 25 (Interfax) - The United States Department of State has been unwilling to discuss disarmament aspects with Russia, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Non-proliferation and Arms Control Vladimir Yermakov said.

"The Department of State made appointments [of diplomats overseeing arms control and disarmament aspects] half a year or a year ago, but, unfortunately, all of our attempts to prompt them somehow to start a dialogue, not to mention negotiations, have so far been futile. The American side is not willing to maintain this dialogue for now, and it hasn't formulated its position," Yermakov said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

Moscow welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump's desire to start a dialogue and normalize relations with Russia, but the situation is currently in a deadlock, because of his administration's inactivity on this track, he said.