At today's session the State Duma of Russia adopted an appeal to theconference of members-states of the organization for enforcing the ban onchemical weapons. In the appeal, lawmakers ask participants of theconference to grant Russia's request for extending the deadline to 2012 forthe elimination of chemical weapon stocks. Deputies remarked on theimportance of foreign assistance to Russia in the fulfillment of itsobligations to eliminate the chemical weapon stocks and gave their thanksto all participants of the convention on the elimination of chemicalweapons. The State Duma expressed regrets in connection with the delay in making thedecision on Russian requests for using the facilities that earlier producedchemical weapons for purposes permitted by the convention. It is pointedout in the document: "This situation may lead to the emergence of obstaclesto the economic development of Russia." A lack of funds and economicdifficulties may lead to Russia's failure to fulfill the obligations thatthe convention provides for within a specified term and make Russia suspendits participation in the convention, the appeal reads. 235 deputies votedfor the adoption of this document. No deputies voted against it orabstained. .
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969