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2007-12-13 Europe
NATO regrets Russian treaty freeze
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Posted by Steve White 2007-12-13 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [336064 views ]  Top

#1 Russia attributes its freeze to the failure of NATO members to ratify a revised 1999 version of the treaty but Moscow has also been riled by US plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in two former Soviet satellite states.

Well, that and the fact that Russia can afford it with its new oil wealth.
Posted by gorb 2007-12-13 01:47||   2007-12-13 01:47|| Front Page Top

#2 When the USA decided that the anti-missile treaty didn't apply because it was signed by the now defunct Soviet Union they opened the precident for the ditching of all Soviet Treaties. Odd that the reporters aren't blaming Bush when he could reasonably be blamed in this instant.

It's also interesting to see how some folks continue to value treaties and the letter on paper despite constant reminders that if you break treaties nothing happens, again and again.
Posted by rjschwarz 2007-12-13 16:12||   2007-12-13 16:12|| Front Page Top

#3 rj - your facts are un-coordinated. The ABM treaty had an opt-out clause. Either side only had to give 6-months (I think) notice of wanting out, which I believe Bush did. AFAIK, we have continued to honor other treaties made with the the old Sovs.
Posted by PBMcL 2007-12-13 17:36||   2007-12-13 17:36|| Front Page Top

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