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Turkey may increase its force deployment along its borders with Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan), Georgia, and Armenia, unless Russia reduces its forces in Transcaucasus by November 17, in line with the 1990 treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE), according to an unnamed senior official cited by the Turkish daily Milliyet. Turkey would be forced to introduce new security measures if Russia insisted on breaching the CFE treaty in that region, the official said. If NATO allies bow to Russian demands, Ankara may withdraw from the CFE agreement and stop observing its force restrictions, the official implied to Milliyet. (12)

Ankara strongly opposes any changes in the treaty until 1996, when a CFE review conference is scheduled to convene. Turkey has expressed concern about Moscow’s troop concentration in the Caucasus and had sought US and NATO help

to ensure Russian compliance with CFE in the region, but Washington and other allies have redefined the region’s boundaries so as to enable Moscow to circumvent CFE limits.

1. Interfax, November 4

2. Russian agencies and media, November 3

3. Interfax, November 3 and 4

4. Segodnya, September 15

5. Interfax, November 4 and 5

6. Argumenty i fakty, No. 44, November 1995

7. Reuter, Interfax, November 3-5

8. Interfax-Ukraine and Radio-1, November 3 and 4

9. BNS, Basapress and Flux, November 2 and 3

10. BNS, November 3 and 4

11. Interfax and Petroleum Information Agency, November 2 and 3

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