According to Pompeo, Moscow “has grossly and constantly violated the contract for years.” So, Russia refused permission to conduct observation flights along the border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and also limited them over Kaliningrad, he noted
Moscow uses the Open Skies Treaty as a tool for military coercion, as well as “in support of the new aggressive Russian doctrine,” which implies the introduction of weapons on infrastructure in the United States and European countries. This is stated in the commentary by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, published on the website of the State Department.
The agreement was designed to provide all participating countries with an increased level of understanding and cooperation, but Russia has turned it “into an instrument of intimidation and threats,” said Pompeo.
According to the US Secretary of State, Moscow “has grossly and constantly violated the contract for years.” He recalled that Russia refused permission to conduct observation flights along the border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and also limited them over Kaliningrad.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commenting on the statement by the US authorities, noted that Moscow has specific and long-formulated claims against Washington regarding the implementation of the Open Skies Treaty.
“We stated that since 2017, the United States has tightened its approaches to the implementation of this treaty with respect to Russia, and since January 2018 several restrictive measures have begun to apply to our country. This is a refusal to grant permission to depart from the American air traffic rules and aviation safety standards, and a change in special procedures for carrying out observation flights over the Hawaiian Islands by limiting the maximum range of flights from Hickam Air Base, and a refusal to provide overnight stays on the continental United States, and much, much other. “