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Russia's Upper House Ratifies CFE Treaty

7 July 2004 -- Russia's upper house of parliament today ratified the modified Conventional Forces in Europe treaty.

Interfax reports that the Federation Council approved the treaty by a vote of 137-1. It now goes to President Vladimir Putin for signing.

The agreement regulates the deployment of military aircraft, tanks, and other heavy non-nuclear weapons across the continent.

The treaty was originally agreed to in 1990 by the 22 members of the NATO and Warsaw Pact alliances. An amended version was signed in 1999 to reflect changes since the Soviet breakup. Since then, however, it has been ratified only by the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

NATO has linked its own ratification to Russian troop pullouts from the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia.