GENEVA, January 24. /TASS/. Russia proceeds from the understanding that it is still possible to resume and develop a dialogue with the United States on future arms control, including with the participation of all key actors, Russia’s permanent representative at the UN office in Geneva Gennady Gatilov said at the annual session of the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday.
"We believe that the understanding the Russian and US delegations reached in Geneva in 2021 has left the door open for resuming and developing a comprehensive and substantive dialogue on future arms control, including with the participation of all key actors," Gatilov said.
"Although Russian-US consultations are still frozen through the fault of the United States, sooner or later we will still have to work out a new global ‘security equation’ that will incorporate all significant factors of strategic stability, such as the whole range of offensive and defensive weapons, deployed and non-deployed and nuclear and non-nuclear ones, capable of influencing the balance of power and the situation in the field of international security," Gatilov said. "We declare once again that we will be ready to consider new sound ideas on this matter, should our US counterparts present any," he stressed.
Gatilov drew attention to the fact that the world was struggling through "a period of profound transformation, accompanied by an upsurge of conflict potential, instability and unpredictability." In a situation like this "collective efforts united by a common goal - to make the world safer in the field of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation are needed more than ever," Gatilov stated.