Putin signs law denouncing arms control treaty

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed a bill on May 29 denouncing the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, according to a Russian government website.

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

The decision to denounce the treaty is of little practical significance because Russia already suspended its participation in 2007 and withdrew completely in 2015.

Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and other acts of aggression abroad have coincided with repeated public displays of disregard for international agreements to control arms and maintain world order.

On February 21, Putin publicly declared that Russia had suspended its participation in the New START Treaty, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the United States and Russia.

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