Russia will seek firm guarantees that the participants in the Open Skies Treaty (OST) will fulfill their obligations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Having withdrawn from the Don, the American side expects that its allies, on the one hand, will prevent Russian observation flights over US military installations in Europe, and, on the other, share their photographic materials of Russian territory with Washington. Of course, this is unacceptable for Russia, ”the Foreign Ministry said.
Also, the ministry noted that if the countries participating in the treaty want it to continue to operate and Russia remains in it, they need to behave accordingly.
Recall that in May, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the agreement. America’s commitment to OON officially ended on November 22. This means that all flights over the territory of the country by unarmed reconnaissance aircraft will be prohibited.
“The Europeans tell us: let them come out, but you don’t come out. I say: hello, this is a good movie, you are all NATO members, so you will fly, transmit all this information to the Americans, but we cannot do this, because we will remain in this treaty, so let’s not fool around, but let’s talk honestly with each other. In fact, I understand that the European partners of the United States would also like the United States to remain in this agreement, so that nothing is destroyed there, ”Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the situation earlier.
MIR 24 recalls that the agreement came into force in 2002. At the moment 34 countries are participating in it, including Russia. Each state has the right to fly over each other’s territory several times a year for the purpose of aerial photography and video filming. This is how the information provided by the participating countries is verified. The idea for the Open Skies Treaty belongs to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the United States from 1953-1961. The agreement was supposed to strengthen global security and trust between countries.