The west is rejecting frank dialogue with Russia on the moratorium of intermediate and shorter-range missiles deployment in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“After the Americans destroyed many of the treaties, for example, the Treaty on Shorter and Medium-Range Missiles, we proposed organising a voluntary moratorium on their deployment, at least in Europe.
“But in spite of the mechanisms, we have proposed for verifying such a moratorium, the West is still moving away from an honest conversation,’’ Lavrov said at the Primakov Readings forum.
The foreign minister added that Russia would remind the U.S. about the proposal on moratorium during the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden.
“Our proposal remains effective, and I believe that we will definitely recall it at the summit in Geneva on June 16, let’s see the reaction,’’ Lavrov added.