U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Moscow Monday for talks on a number of issues which have recently soured bilateral relations, including a proposed U.S. missile shield in Europe, independence for Kosovo, and an alleged clampdown on democracy in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ciritisized the West and U.S. foreign policy in a February 10 speech in Munich, Russia has strongly opposed U.S. plans to deploy a missile base in Poland and a missile early-warning radar in the Czech Republic.
Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the U.S. initiative, warning it could be a "destabilizing factor" in Europe and could threaten Russia's national security.
In addition, President Putin proposed previously that Russia should unilaterally suspend the implementation of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) until other parties to the treaty ratify the document.
"I think it is necessary to announce a moratorium on Russia's implementation of the CFE treaty until all NATO countries ratify it and start to strictly adhere to it, as Russia does today unilaterally," Putin said in his annual state of the nation address to parliament.
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