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CFE Treaty no longer meets Russian security interests - Duma committee

MOSCOW. Oct 15 (Interfax) - The Duma Security Committee has advised the lower house of parliament to pass a bill suspending Russia's obligations under the CFE Treaty.

The explanatory note to the bill states that the treaty no longer meets the military and political reality and does not duly protect the security interests of the Russian Federation at this stage, Interfax was told at the Security Committee.

The note accounts the need to suspend the treaty to "the excess of group restrictions stipulated in the treaty by the signatory countries that have joined NATO." The need for the suspension also stems from "the negative impact of the planned deployment of U.S. conventional arms in the territories of Bulgaria and Romania on the observation of group restrictions, the nonfuflillment by several signatory countries of the political obligation undertaken in Istanbul on the accelerated ratification of the adapted treaty and several other extraordinary circumstances influencing the security of Russia," the note reads.

The committee reminded Interfax that President Vladimir Putin submitted the bill to the Russian parliament in July 2007.