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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arms Treaty Stressed

MOSCOW -- Russia said Thursday it had emphasized the importance of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty during arms talks with the United States and had touched on a future START III disarmament pact.

A Foreign Ministry statement gave no details of any proposals put forward at the talks.

"Russian-American discussions on the START III and ABM treaties were continued on Jan. 19 to 21 in Geneva, in line with the joint declarations made in June 1999 by the presidents of Russia and the United States," the statement said.

"Russia again stressed the need to keep the ABM treaty as the basis of strategic stability and as an important condition for reducing strategic offensive weapons," it said.

Russia has blasted U.S. requests to amend the ABM treaty, signed in 1972 and viewed by Moscow as the best way to prevent a new arms race.

Washington wants to change the treaty to allow it to build a national anti-missile defense system.