Moscow withdraws from key post-Cold War European security treaty


Russia formally withdrew from the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) at midnight on Nov. 7, the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry has reported.

The landmark security treaty, signed a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, limited the categories of conventional military equipment that NATO and the then-Warsaw Pact could deploy in Europe.

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Russia has predictably blamed Washington for undermining security on the continent with the enlargement of the NATO military alliance.

In 2007, Moscow suspended its participation in the CFE. It later claimed to be willing to discuss ways to restore control over conventional arms in Europe but said its allies did not take advantage of the opportunity.

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Russia then suspended the implementation of the treaty in March 2015 on the order of dictator Vladimir Putin.

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