Skip to content
Edit post

Russia formally withdraws from European Conventional Armed Forces treaty

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk November 7, 2023 10:33 AM 2 min read
A man walks past a recruitment poster for the Russian army in Moscow. (Contributor/Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Russia officially withdrew from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Nov. 7.

"Russia is finally saying goodbye to the CFE treaty without regret and with full confidence it is right," the ministry's statement read. It also included a series of complaints about the West's actions, arguing that the U.S. and NATO had long violated the spirit of the treaty, and Russia's withdrawal was a natural reaction.

The treaty, originally signed in Paris in November 1990, was aimed at arms control and was initially agreed upon by 16 NATO members and six countries of the former Warsaw Pact, including the former USSR. It officially came into effect two years later.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed a bill in May 2023 denouncing the CFE treaty. As Russia partially suspended its compliance with the treaty in 2007 and fully withdrew from it in 2015, the Nov. 7 confirmation of the official withdrawal will have little practical significance.

Putin also signed a a law revoking Russia's ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on Nov. 2.

Russia signed the CTBT in 1996 and ratified it in 2000. No country besides North Korea has officially conducted a nuclear test in 25 years.

Opinion: Russia’s move to de-ratify the nuclear test ban treaty signals Putin’s aggravation with the war
At the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia is moving to undo its ratification of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) that prohibits all nuclear weapons tests. This represents another step in the Kremlin’s effort to try to punish the United States and the West for their
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

8:51 PM

Zelensky replaces Support Forces commander.

President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Dmytro Hereha as the commander of Ukraine's Support Forces, replacing him with Oleksandr Yakovets, according to his decrees published on March 4.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.