Hilversum, Wednesday 07 November 2007 18:16 UTC
Russia suspends conventional weapons treaty
Moscow - The Russian Duma has ratified a decree issued by President Vladimir Putin in June suspending the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE). The move comes into force on 12 December. The treaty, limiting the number of conventional weapons in Europe, was brokered between NATO and the Warsaw-Pact countries at the end of the Cold War.
Mr Putin argues that NATO is no longer upholding the treaty, citing developments including US plans for a missile defence system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.