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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arms Pact Talks End in Deadlock in Vienna

VIENNA, Austria -- Russia said Friday it could not rule out a moratorium on a European treaty governing the use and deployment of military aircraft, tanks and other non-nuclear heavy weapons after its attempt to overhaul the accord was rebuffed at a special meeting.

Organizers of the meeting on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe said participants failed to find common ground for a joint statement after meeting since Tuesday in Vienna.

Signatories to the accord had gathered in Vienna after Moscow branded the treaty "hopelessly outmoded" and called for the extraordinary session, which was chaired by Luxembourg.

"The current CFE treaty has for all intents and purposes become meaningless. It's no longer viable," Anatoly Antonov, chief of security and disarmament issues at the Foreign Ministry, told reporters Friday.

"But no one listened to us. They continued to admonish us," Antonov said, complaining that Russia's concerns were met with "fine, polite, elegant lip service."

Antonov said the conference was neither a tragedy nor a failure, and that the Kremlin remained open to further talks.