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MOSCOW, May 23 (Itar-Tass) - Russia calls consistently for the reduction of the factor of force in international affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at an international security conference here on Thursday.
“During the last two decades the military proportion of the forces between the countries and their unions has been changing drastically,” he said. “The intention to increase and modernize the offensive potentials, create and deploy new types of weapons and to expand NATO was washing out the security system in Europe, which was forged by the system of agreements in the sphere of the control over weapons in the past. The collapse of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was one of logical consequences of this process,” Lavrov noted.
“Russia calls consistently for a lower role of the factor of force in international affairs with the simultaneous strengthening of strategic and regional stability and calls for the elimination of possible threats in political and diplomatic and other non-military ways,” Lavrov remarked.
“We are ready to participate in the drafting of the agreements on the principles of equal rights,” the minister underlined.