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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NATO and Russia Clash on Arms Treaty

OSLO -- NATO will not be swayed by Moscow's threat to suspend a key arms control treaty, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Friday.

"There is no change and there will be no change in the position of the allies," de Hoop Scheffer said.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for a moratorium on Moscow's application of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe until NATO nations ratify the agreement.

They have long refused to do so until Russia withdraws troops from Moldova and Georgia.

The president again emphasized on Friday Moscow's opposition to the planned U.S. deployment, claiming that the proposed U.S. interceptor missiles were aimed at Russia's strategic weapons rather than Iran, as Washington contends.

"These systems will control Russian territory up to the Urals -- if, of course, we do not take action in response, and we will," Putin told reporters in Moscow after talks with Czech President Vaclav Klaus.

"We see no argument at all for the deployment of missile defense systems in Europe, there is no basis for it."