Friday, July 20, 2007

Romania sees Russia's treaty suspension as politically motivated

Russia's motivation about suspending its participation in the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty is only an argument of political nature, said Romanian Deputy Minister of Defense Corneliu Dobritoiu on Thursday.

"I do not believe that the presence of no more than 1,700 U.S. troops will upset the strategic balance in our area. The equipment to be deployed in the area will in no way generate imbalance in the area," said Dobritoiu.

He said there are no reasons for worries over Russia's suspension. According to him, the use of the suspension instrument, which means the application of the treaty will be suspended, instead of withdrawing from the treaty proves that Moscow does not want to undermine the CFE regime and cooperation with NATO.

In connection with the Access Agreement between Romania and the United States, Dobritoiu said that this "does not regulate the deployment of U.S. bases, but access to the facilities and areas agreed upon by the parties, and Romania keeps property rights over the facilities and areas concerned."

Russia on Saturday suspended its participation in the CFE, saying that Moscow had to pull out of the CFE because of some " extraordinary circumstances affecting the safety of the Russian Federation and requiring immediate measures."

The letter in which the suspension is notified claims the presence of U.S. bases in Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the building of the anti-missile shield in Europe as reasons for the suspension.

Source: Xinhua

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