There are signs of compromise over a key european arms control treaty under discussion during tense talks in Vienna. Russia has threatened to stop co-operating with the terms of the Conventional Forces in Europe legislation, which limits the use of non-nuclear heavy weapons, if other signatories refuse to ratify post soviet-era amendments.
“In the adapted treaty, there are limitations which we consider unfair, limitations that affect our own russian troop movements within the territory of the Russian Federation.” said Moscow’s envoy, Anatoly Antonov.
US envoy Daniel Fried offered to work with the Kremlin to ease the concerns: “Working with Russia and other CFE signatories, we will make every effort to address Russian concerns seriously and creatively.” he said.
Several NATO members including the US have refused to ratify the pact, saying Moscow must first withdraw its troops from the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia. The Kremlin says the issues are unrelated. NATO has proposed that a multinational peacekeeping force replace Russian troops in Moldova’s breakaway province of Transdniester.