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COPENHAGEN, 13 March 2015 – The Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Political Affairs and Security, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, today expressed concern regarding the Russian Federation's complete suspension of work under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).

"I am deeply disappointed in Russia's decision to turn its back on its international obligations under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe," Wicker said.

"I reject Russia's argument that its withdrawal from the Treaty has been forced by actions of NATO. Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine, including the movement of Russian military hardware and troops, clearly demonstrates President Putin's intent to spark an arms race that could threaten security and stability in Europe. I urge the Russian government to reconsider this dangerous move, return to active participation in the Treaty and resume constructive dialogue with the international community," he said.

The three most recent annual Declarations adopted by the OSCE PA have stressed the importance of the CFE Treaty as an arms-control and confidence-building mechanism and the need for all parties to the Treaty to honour their obligations.