10 months ago

US talks about readiness to work with Russia for Open Skies Treaty

10 months ago

The United States is still willing to work with Russia to resolve issues under the Open Skies Treaty (DON). This is described in the annual report of the State Department on the observance by states of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament treaties.

The document states that while the United States remains a party to the treaty, it will therefore continue to cooperate with partners and allies “in response to the violations committed by Russia.” In particular, we are talking about work in the advisory commission, its working groups and at other sites.

The State Department claims that one of the violations of Moscow can be considered the introduction of restrictions on the range of flights over the Kaliningrad region: DON allows flights at a distance of up to five thousand kilometers, and the Russian side limited them to a range of 500 kilometers. The State Department also pointed out that Russia is refusing the States to conduct monitoring flights near the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

May 21, it became known about the US decision to withdraw from the Don. The White House explained this intention with violations by Moscow – allegedly Russia during the flights over the USA monitored the whereabouts of the American president. Moscow rejects Washington’s allegations.

The Open Skies Agreement was concluded in 1992. According to him, participating countries can make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory in order to monitor military activity and compliance with existing arms control treaties.

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