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MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012. PIR PRESS – New issue of PIR Center Study Papers “Conventional Arms Control in Europe – End of Regime or to be Continued?” is out in print. The authors are, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, member of PIR Center Advisory Board Anatoly Antonov and independent expert Rodion Ayumov.

2012-09-19_1954.pngDoes Russia need a regime of conventional arms control in Europe? And if the answer is "yes", what should it look like? Political and military authorities as well as leading arms control experts have been searching for the answers to these questions for more than five years (since Russia suspended implementation of its CFE (the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe of 1990) obligations).

Having fulfilled its main task – to liquidate surplus of conventional arms – the CFE Treaty started to increasingly transform into a tool of collective control over Russian armed forces and of discriminatory limitations. Therefore setting a moratorium on the operation of the treaty was a consistent decision of Russian leadership and did not come unexpectedly for other parties. What comes next? Now it is apparent that there can be no return neither to the CFE Treaty of 1990, nor to the Agreement of its Adaptation of 1999, and authors are candid about it. Equally, there can also be no return to flank limitations for Russia in any form, even reduced.

“In response to Russia’s concerns about deployment of missile defense system in Europe our western partners emphasize openness and transparency. Maybe the same approach should be taken in the sphere of conventional arms? Reading this work, authored by those who are directly involved on high level in process of searching for solution of the situation regarding conventional arms control in Europe, will certainly help to understand the complexity and ambiguity of this issue for Russia.” – writes Buzhinsky, Evgeny,  PIR Center Senior Vice President, Lieutenant General (Retired), in a foreword to the Study Paper.

PIR Center Study Papers: Russia and Global Security – is a periodical issued by PIR Center in Russian since 1996. The periodical is registered as mass media with the ISSN 1605-7147. Texts of previous issues are available at the PIR Center website. Retail price of this issue is 150 rubles. You can read the contents of this Study Paper and find the variants of purchasing at our website.

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