“The withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty undermines international security,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Ryabkov said Washington had not provided facts to support its claimsthat Moscow has repeatedly violated the terms of the agreement.
Yesterday, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the treaty concluded by 35 countries, which allows unarmed surveillance of flights over the territory of member states.
This is another withdrawal of the United States from a major international agreement with President Trump, Reuters reports.
Ten European countries expressed regret today from the American decision to leave the Open Skies contract, Agence France-Presse reported, quoted by BTA.
“We regret the announcement by the US government of its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, although we share its concerns about the implementation of the treaty’s provisions by the Russian Federation,” the 10-party statement said. which France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands.
Among Russia’s violations criticized by the United States, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman cited a ban on Allied planes approaching less than 500 kilometers from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad between Lithuania and Poland and crossing more than 10 kilometers from Russia’s border. with Georgia.
The US Embassy in Moscow has sent an official note to the Russian Foreign Ministry on the decision of the United States to begin a procedure for withdrawing from the Open Skies treaty, Ryabkov was quoted as saying by TASS.