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Russian parliament votes for suspending European arms treaty
11/16/2007
Russia's upper house of parliament voted Friday to suspend participation in a key European arms control treaty, backing President Vladimir Putin's proposal in a show of defiance to the West. The Federation Council voted unanimously for a law suspending Russia's obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty that limits the deployment of tanks, aircraft and other heavy weapons across the continent. Putin called for Russia's temporary withdrawal from the treaty amid mounting anger in the Kremlin over U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in eastern Europe. Putin justified what he called a suspension of Russia's participation in the agreement by pointing to NATO's own failure to ratify an amended version.
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