Azerbaijan, Bau / corr Trend E.Huseynzade / Russian decision on suspending the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) is not so unexpected for Azerbaijan, Vasiliy Russian, the Azerbaijani Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said in talks with journalists on 8 November. He was commenting on a decision take at the State Duma of Russia [Parliament] on 7 November.
On 7 November the State Duma of Russia adopted a law on injecting a moratorium on Russia's participation in the CFE Treaty. The law becomes effective at early hors of 13 December, within 150 days of delivering Russia's message to depositories and member-states of the CFE Treaty.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin stated this position even in summer of 2007," the Ambassador said.
According to Istratov, this issue was discussed in detail with all partners of Russia, including Azerbaijan in summer, when an initial statement was made on this moratorium," Istratov stressed.
On 13 July Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree to suspend the CFE treaty and international agreements related to it in connection with exclusive circumstances regarding the maintenance of the CFE Treaty and Russia's security and requiring urgent measures.
Azerbaijan does not see any danger for its security from Russia, which ceased the efficiency of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). "We do not see any danger and Azerbaijan has close relations with Russia," Khazar Ibrahim, Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said on 8 November. He was commenting on Azerbaijan's position on Russia last decision.