Apr 26, 2007

What was that loud thud?

Oh, that was just the iron curtain slamming down again.

RFE/RL: NATO Sec.-Gen. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer wants clarification of Putin's call for a moratorium in Russia's compliance with the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. De Hoop Scheffer said NATO remains committed to the CFE, which limits military deployments across Europe. Putin said Russia would freeze its compliance with the CFE Treaty because NATO members have not ratified the pact and are not abiding by its provisions.

The CFE was signed in 1990 by members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It was modified in 1999 after the breakup of the Warsaw Pact and expansion of NATO. Only 4 countries - Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine - have ratified the revised treaty. NATO members say they will ratify the new version of the treaty once Russia meets commitments it made in 1999 to withdraw its forces from Georgia and Ukraine.

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