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Russia calls for retaining military balance

Russia’s deputy premier vows not to up military presence if NATO acts likewise.

Russia will not be increasing its military presence in Europe if NATO does not up the number of its troops on the continent. This was stated by Moscow's deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko to the Russian press agencies Interfax and Itar-Tass. In reference to the US plan to create a European anti-missile shield and the Kremlin's decision to pull out of the CFE Treaty, Grushko noted that Russia “plans to continue dialogue on conventional forces.” (AGI)