Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Suspends participation in Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe
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Published on 06/04/2024 at 14:35

The representative of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oncu Ketseli, speaks for Turkey’s suspension of participation, but not its withdrawal, from the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE). He clarified that the suspension of the Treaty’s implementation is a decision subject to future revocation.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, the representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Oncu Ketseli, said that the NATO Council made a statement on this issue on November 7. The effective date of decisions by NATO Allies, parties to the CFE Treaty, to suspend the application of the Treaty is determined by each Ally within the framework of its national legislation.

The suspension has already been put into effect by the vast majority of allies that are parties to the CFE Treaty. The internal legal process for the effective date of the decision to suspend the application of the CFE Treaty as of April 8, 2024 has been completed and the relevant Presidential Decree was published in the Government Gazette dated April 5, 2024, he concluded.

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The CFE Treaty was signed in 1990, just one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. The Treaty set restrictions on the conventional military equipment that NATO and the then Warsaw Pact could deploy, so that they could not build up forces that would allow one side to launch a swift attack on the other in Europe.

Russia formally withdrew from the CFE treaty on November 7 last year, but had suspended its active participation since 2015. Following Russia’s withdrawal, the US had also suspended the implementation of the treaty.

With a decree signed by Erdogan, Turkey announced that it is suspending its participation in the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE), effective April 8. The CFE set restrictions on the volume of conventional weapons within Europe and was signed in 1990 between NATO and the Warsaw Pact (by a total of 30 countries).

For Turkey in particular, the suspension does not signal anything in terms of armaments, as the restrictions of the Treaty concerned only its central-western part. So Ankara could overcome any restrictions, moving weapon systems outside the specific geographical zone. Also, the limits of the Treaty in the number of weapon systems were high and did not restrict Ankara in its military equipment.

With information from: APA MPA

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