Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which Russia begins the process of denunciation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). According to the official document, Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, will be the head of state's representative in parliament when considering this initiative.
Appoint Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Alekseevich Ryabkov as the official representative of the President during the consideration by the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the issue of denunciation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
- says the order of the President of Russia.
The agreement was signed in 1990 by the NATO member states and the Warsaw Pact, and 9 years later an updated version of the agreement was adopted. The contract was originally open-ended and meant limiting the number of conventional weapons: tanks, heavy armored vehicles, combat aircraft and artillery.
Its latest version was ratified by only four countries: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, although the document was signed by representatives of 30 states. The Russian Federation in 2007 suspended participation in the CFE Treaty on the basis of non-compliance by NATO countries with the terms of the agreement.
The treaty approved the maximum number of combat equipment for each of the countries. For example, Poland, which suspended participation in the CFE Treaty on March 28 this year, was allowed to have no more than 1730 tanks, 460 combat aircraft and 1610 artillery systems.