Putin Threatens to Pullout From Arms Pact
By Diane White
Pres. Vladimir V. Putin threatened Russia would suspend its compliance with a treaty on conventional arms in Europe, Thursday.
Putin accused the U.S. and NATO of undermining regional stability with its plan to extend an American missile shield to central Europe, according to the AP.
NATO Secretary, General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said the agreement had been one of the cornerstones of European security and Russia's threat to suspend participation is a grave concern, according to the BBC.
The treaty was forged at the end of the cold war, according to the New York Times. The announcement made in Putin's annual address to Parliament has sparked an intense dispute between NATO and the Kremlin.