Russia to seek firm guarantees that parties to Open Skies Treaty meet their commitments

Russia to seek firm guarantees that parties to Open Skies Treaty meet their commitments

Russia will seek firm guarantees that the remaining parties to the Treaty on Open Skies will meet their commitments in full, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday in connection with the US withdrawal from the treaty, TASS reports.

"Now, after withdrawing from the Treaty on Open Skies, the US side expects that its allies, on the one hand, will hinder Russian observation flights above US military facilities in Europe and on the other hand, share with Washington their files on photo surveillance of Russia’s territory. Certainly, this is unacceptable for Russia," the ministry stated.

"We will seek firm guarantees that the remaining parties to the Treaty on Open Skies meet their commitments. First, on ensuring the possibility of observing their entire territory and second, on non-transfer of files on observation flights to third countries, which are not participants of the Treaty on Open Skies," the ministry stated.

Moscow states that if other member-states want Russia to keep its membership in the agreement, they should think how to allay its fears. Meanwhile, Russian diplomats said the US withdrawal from the treaty did not increase security of the US and its allies.

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