Russia's defense ministry is proposing a new treaty or an updated version of an existing agreement dealing with the deployment of Conventional Forces in Europe.

General Yevgeny Buzhinsky, head of the international legal department at the Russian Defense Ministry, Wednesday told journalists in Moscow the current treaty signed in 1992 and updated seven years later is outdated.

He also rejected NATO's call for another conference to revive the treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended Russia's participation in the pact Saturday after criticizing NATO states for failing to ratify the updated accord.

The general then suggested that Russia and the United States draft a simpler version of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires in 2009.

Russian media (Ria Novosti) quoted him as saying the two countries should not allow a vacuum in the sphere of strategic arms control. He said the United States had not responded to Russia's suggestions on the treaty.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.