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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Warns of 'Rhetorical Arms Race'

VIENNA -- A senior U.S. diplomat Tuesday warned against the return to a "rhetorical arms race."

"There is no point in returning to a rhetorical arms race and every point in maintaining and strengthening this very successful arms control regime," said Daniel Fried, U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

Fried made his comments as head of the U.S. delegation to a special conference, starting Tuesday, of signatories to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Russia requested the largely closed-door gathering last month and on Monday called the treaty "hopelessly outmoded."

Anatoly Antonov, head of the Russian delegation to the conference, said Monday that Russia had fulfilled its commitments and that it considered it unacceptable and humiliating that it still had to observe limits on the deployment of its troops within its territory.