State Duma deputies unanimously supported Russia's denunciation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). Z-channels, including the Telegram channel of Boris Rozhin, an “expert at the Center for Military-Political Journalism,” called the denunciation a “historic moment,” but the Russian Federation continues to comply with at least four basic arms control treaties, military expert Pavel Luzin reminded The Insider. .
“On arms control, there are basic multilateral treaties - the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and the Outer Space Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (CWC) and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction ( BTWC). There is the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT, or CTBT), which has not yet entered into force, but the CTBT operates a global network of sensors that record nuclear tests.
There is also a Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), although it is an informal regime, but a gentleman's agreement, a club. The START Treaty does not work now, although it exists, but by the decision of Russia it is no longer implemented (suspended), the CFE Treaty and the INF Treaty, the Open Skies Treaty also no longer works. What the deputies call a "historical moment" - well, so in despotisms, the normal, regular chair of a tyrant is a historical moment for the palace environment.
State Duma representative Vyacheslav Volodin, commenting on the decision, said that Washington and Brussels, obsessed with the idea of building a unipolar world, by moving NATO to the east, "destroyed the global security system."
Russia actually suspended its participation in the CFE Treaty back in 2007, until the NATO countries ratify the Agreement on Adaptation and begin to implement this document in good faith.
The CFE Treaty was signed on November 19, 1990 in Paris by plenipotentiaries of 16 NATO countries and 6 member states of the Warsaw Pact Organization (WTO), it entered into force in November 1992. In 1999, at the OSCE summit in Istanbul, a new version of the CFE Treaty was signed due to the dissolution of the Warsaw Treaty Organization and the expansion of NATO, but the agreement was never ratified by the Alliance. On July 13, 2007, Putin signed a decree "On the suspension by the Russian Federation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and related international treaties", and on November 29, 2007, the corresponding law was adopted. Formally, Russia remained a party to the Treaty. The CFE Treaty is based on a system of restrictions on the number of five main categories of conventional weapons and equipment in the conventional armed forces of the participating States in the area of application of the Treaty: battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery, attack helicopters and combat aircraft.
In February 2023, the Russian Federation also suspended participation in the START Treaty, although the treaty did not provide for such an option. Putin, in a message to the Federal Assembly, said that the United States is developing new types of nuclear weapons and if they decide to test, the Russian Federation will do the same. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country will continue to comply with restrictions on strategic offensive weapons and exchange information with the United States.