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Adapted CFE Treaty A Yoke For Russia - Chief Of The Staff

MOSCOW. Nov 13 (Interfax) - The adapted version of the treaty on conventional forces in Europe (CFE) is a yoke for Russia, Chief of the Russian General Staff Yury Baluyevsky has said.

In an interview with the Russia Today TV channel, Baluyevsky called for excluding a clause on flank restrictions from the CFE treaty.

"This treaty was a real yoke for Russia - a treaty that Russia alone was fulfilling," Baluyevsky said.

He said he intended to ask his NATO counterparts during the November 14 session of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels why none of them had made "at least a half-step" towards ratifying the adapted CFE treaty over 7 years since 1999.

But in all probability, NATO will again respond with worn phrases that Russia should honor the Istanbul accords, although they have already been fulfilled, the general said."