"Dialogue with the greatest possible efforts" could transcend Russia's decision to suspend its participation in the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE), Portugal said in a statement Monday.
Portugal, which currently holds the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union (EU), issued a statement on Monday in response to Russia's move to suspend the enforcement of the CFE treaty.
The statement stressed the importance of the CFE treaty, saying that it is "a symbol of European security and stability."
It also believes that the current situation could be transcended by "dialogue with the greatest possible efforts of all parties concerned."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia's participation in the CFE treaty, the Kremlin press service said Saturday.
During the CFE treaty suspension, Russia will not be bound by any conventional weapons limits. Information provision and inspections will also be suspended for some time.
The CFE treaty, signed in 1990, came into force on Nov. 9, 1992.
It limits the deployment of tanks and troops in NATO and former Warsaw Pact countries and lays down measures aimed at confidence-building, transparency and cooperation between member states.
The treaty was then modified in 1999 in response to the new European security environment that emerged after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Only four countries -- Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia -- have ratified the adapted treaty. Though the document has not come into force, the countries have observed it.