Kremlin: Russia Pulls out of Arms Treaty over US Plans in Bulgaria, Romania

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Bulgaria: Kremlin: Russia Pulls out of Arms Treaty over US Plans in Bulgaria, Romania Russian President Vladimir Putin made EU and NATo fuming after suspending the country's involvement in one of the key post-Cold War arms control treaties. Photo by Getty Images

US plans to deploy conventional arms in Bulgaria and Romania made Russia withdraw from a key post-Cold War arms control treaty, a Kremlin statement said.

The US plans have had "a negative impact" on Russia's compliance with the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, the statement said, as cited by RIA Novosti agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended Saturday the country's involvement in the arms control treaty, which limits the deployment of military craft, including tanks, jets, artillery and combat vehicles in Europe.

Putin said he acted due to "extraordinary circumstances", which affect the security of the Russian Federation and demand immediate attention.

The CFE agreement was signed eight years after the Warsaw Pact was dissolved.

The Kremlin maintains that the 1990 treaty is outdated and restricts its ability to move troops around its own territory.

Russia ratified the 1999 revised version, but NATO has not done so, first demanding the withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgia and Moldova.
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