Russian Duma approves withdrawal from key Cold War-era security deal on conventional forces

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Russian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to formally pull out of a key Cold War-era security deal, more than eight years after Moscow halted its participation in the treaty.

The vote came less than a week after President Vladimir Putin introduced a draft bill “denouncing” the Treaty of Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which aimed to prevent Cold War rivals from massing forces at or near mutual borders.

Russia first announced its intention to completely withdraw from the treaty in early 2015, another eight years after it first suspended its involvement in 2007.

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