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France regrets Russia's suspension of arms control treaty
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08:23, July 17, 2007

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French foreign ministry Monday expressed its regrets over Russia's move to suspend the enforcement of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe ( CFE).

"We regret the move by Russia to suspend the enforcement of the CFE treaty with effect from December 12, 2007. This move does not augur well for the dialogue and mutual understanding that we are seeking to foster within the European continent as well as between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia," foreign ministry spokesman Pascale Andreani said during a regular press briefing.

"For France and its allies, the CFE treaty is a pillar for ensuring security in Europe. The treaty constitutes a unique legal and political framework, which fosters security within our continent in the interest of all the countries within the European- Atlantic region," the spokesman said.

"We are going to make use of all the available opportunities to promote dialogue with Russia and all the concerned countries on matters pertaining to the application of the CFE treaty with a view to ensuring the long-term control of conventional arms in Europe," Andreani said.
The Kremlin Sunday announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed into law a decree suspending Russia's participation in the CFE treaty, saying the decision had been " motivated by extraordinary circumstances, which affected the security of Russia."

Russia is vehemently opposed to the United States sponsored project to deploy an antimissile shield and radar in certain eastern European countries.

Source: Xinhua

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