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State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov said a draft law on the suspension of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe would be reviewed as a priority document
State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov said a draft law on the suspension of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe would be reviewed as a priority document. “The State Duma knows well the situation. Deputies took part in international meetings on the CFE and urged their NATO colleagues several times to ratify the adapted treaty,” Gryzlov told journalists on Monday. In his words, this issue became a permanent one at inter-parliamentary discussions. Thus, the decision to suspend the CFE could not be sudden for Russia’s CFE partners, the Duma speaker stressed. “Our partners shouldn’t pretend the Warsaw Treaty exists. Warsaw and other capitals are now in the other military-political alliance,” Gryzlov said. Earlier, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said the CFE treaty can be reanimated, the chief of the State Duma’s committee on international affairs. “Juridical aspects of this situation remain to be assessed,” he told reporters. Russia will suspend the CFE treaty in 150 days after informing state members about its decision. Kosachev expressed the hope that the treaty “can be reanimated if our partners will elaborate five proposals that Russia made at the latest conference on the CFE treaty”. The review of the draft law can be postponed until December when the time given by Russia to partners for “thinking over the situation” is over. “We shall make up our mind at the end of this period depending on how our partners react.” “No one is going to rattle the sabre and break all relations at once. We’ll only take a break and I’m sure that it will help our partners review their stance on the development of cooperation with Russia in this key field,” leader of the Just Russia faction Alexander Babakov said. The lawmaker described Russia’s position “clear and logical”. “For all years we’ve been fulfilling our obligations while our partners ignore them,” he said. The Just Russia faction unconditionally supports Russia’s suspension of the treaty and intends to back a corresponding draft law, which was submitted to the State Duma on Monday. The Russian president sent the draft law on suspension of the CFE treaty to the State Duma lower house of parliament on Monday. Russia imposed a moratorium on the treaty in connection with an “emergency situation” that formed around it. The president’s decree said that the treaty was suspended until NATO countries ratify the agreement on CFE adaptation that was concluded by the sides in 1999. Russia outlined conditions that are necessary for reviving the CFE treaty at a conference of CFE member states in Vienna on June 12-15. They include the return of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in the treaty field, the adoption of a political decision on annulment of flank restrictions for Russia’s territory, developing a definition of substantial combat forces, the coming into force of the adaptation agreement by July, 2008, defining conditions for new members’ joining the CFE treaty and the further modernisation of the treaty.
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