The agreement is based on a system of quantitative limitations on the five main categories of weapons and equipment of the conventional armed forces of the States participating in the pact: battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery, attack helicopters and combat aircraft.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Monday on the country’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFACE).
In mid-May, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov declared that Russia will not resume compliance with the treaty, arguing that the document contradicts its security interests.
- The FACE is based on a system of quantitative limitations of the five main categories of armament and equipment of the conventional armed forces of the States participating in the pact: battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery, attack helicopters and combat aircraft.
- The treaty was signed in 1990 and adapted in 1997. NATO member states did not ratify the adapted version of the document and continue to adhere to the 1990 provisions, which contain rules on conventional weapons based on a balance between NATO and the Warsaw Pact Organization. As a consequence, Russia was forced to declare a moratorium on the application of the terms of the agreement in 2007.
- On March 11, 2015, Russia interrupted its participation in the meetings of the Joint Consultative Group on FACE, thus completing the process of suspending its membership of the treaty, although legally it continues to remain in it. Since then, Russia’s interests in the Joint Consultative Group have been represented by Belarus.
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