(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MOSCOW, June 9 (KUNA) -- The Russian Federation has informed the state parties to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) of its decision to quit the treaty.
The decision becomes effective 150 days after notifying the state parties, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in a statement on Friday.
The decision is linked to the circumstances that pose a threat to Russia's high interests, including the access to NATO membership by countries which are not parties to CFE.
The NATO expansion to such countries allowed deployment of conventional arms to those countries which runs counter to the provisions of the Treaty, according to the statement.
Russia accuses the NATO member countries of failure to abide by their obligations under the resolution of the 1999 Istanbul summit and the amendments to the CFE treaty.
On May 29, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill passed by the State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia) to pull the country out of the Treaty.
Signed in 1990, in the wake of the of the Cold War, the Treaty established comprehensive limits on key categories of conventional military equipment in Europe; it set equal limits for the two groups of states-parties - the NATO and the Warsaw Pact. (end)
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