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Russia: CFE Treaty

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for Russia's suspension of its obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty; and if he will make a statement. (153754)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: With North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Allies, we have noted Russia's statement of its intention to suspend its obligations under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE treaty) from 12 December. We would regret any threat to the CFE regime from such unilateral action. We believe the concerns expressed by Russia would be addressed by entry into force of the adapted CFE treaty. We are pursuing constructive proposals for parallel action by Allies and Russia to overcome the outstanding issues related to ratification of that adapted treaty.