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Russia pulls out of military treaty; RUSSIA INTERNATIONAL.

Russia suspended its part in a key European arms control treaty, saying it would halt Nato inspections of its military sites and no longer limit the number of its tanks and other heavy conventional weapons.

The move, threatened for months, is likely to strain relations with the West, already tense over US plans to build a missile shield in eastern Europe and other issues.

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree freezing Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, citing "extraordinary circumstances ... which affect the security of the Russian Federation and require immediate measures", the Kremlin said in a statement.
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Date:Jul 16, 2007
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