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President Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces i

It is yet another sign of the worsening relationship between Moscow and the West.

It shows that this relationship was not improved in any substantial way by the informal meeting at the start of this month between the US and Russian presidents at the Bush family's holiday home at Kennebunkport in Maine.

It is another diplomatic warning shot from Mr Putin across the bows of the Bush administration.

And with crucial issues like Iran's nuclear programme and the political future of Kosovo looming at the United Nations, it raises a new set of questions about how far Russia might go to block initiatives backed by Washington and its key allies.

The Russians have been threatening to suspend their participation in the CFE treaty for several months.

An emergency meeting in mid-June to discuss the issue made little if any progress.

The CFE treaty of 1990 was one of the most s

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Added: Jul-15-2007 
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Tags: President Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe, or CFE, treaty is a potent political signal
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