Russian military reform encouraged by Georgian war

The war with Georgia was a catalyst for Russian military reform, Russia's top military officer said Wednesday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov said the August war demonstrated Russia needs to streamline and modernize its armed forces. Makarov also says NATO should seek to reduce the number of weapons in Europe if it wants Russia to comply with the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty. Russia suspended its participation in the treaty last year. Russia wants to negotiate a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States, Makarov went on, to replace the 1991 START I treaty that expires next fall. He said the new pact must be legally binding.