Lukashenko suspends Belarus’s involvement in the Conventional Armed Forces Treaty

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Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko signed a law suspending Belarus’ involvement in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), which was intended to establish limits on the number of weapons and equipment in NATO and Warsaw Pact countries.

The law was registered on the online legal portal of Belarus on May 29.

The CFE Treaty was negotiated between NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries at the end of the Cold War to limit the size of forces that could be used in a rapid offensive.

The treaty was signed in Paris in November 1990 and was initially agreed by 16 countries FOR THIS members and six countries of the former Warsaw Pact, including the USSR.

Belarus’s suspension was approved by the Council of the Republic, the upper house of the Belarusian parliament, on May 6, after it was adopted by the House of Representatives, the lower house, in April.

The law states that the suspension “does not mean Belarus’s withdrawal from it or the cessation of internal procedures in the Armed Forces related to its implementation.”

Russia formally withdrew with the CFE in November 2023, prompting NATO to announce that it would suspend the treaty in response.

“Recognizing the role of the CFE as the cornerstone of the Euro-Atlantic security architecture, a situation in which Allied countries respect the Treaty while Russia does not would be unsustainable,” wrote the NATO press service.

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