Russian Foreign Ministry considers US possible Open Skies Treaty violation groundless

 Russian Foreign Ministry considers US possible Open Skies Treaty violation groundless

Moscow does not consider US complaints about Russia’s alleged violation of the Treaty on Open Skies to be reasonable, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Mikhail Ulyanov said.

"As for the claims against us, we do not consider them grounded. In fact, the agreement is very complex, its provisions cannot always be straightforwardly interpreted, so it is necessary to look for compromises and solutions," Sputnik cited Ulyanov as saying.

Earlier in the day, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US authorities were preparing to announce restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies, beginning on January 1, 2018. The new restrictions are caused by Russia’s alleged violating the treaty by enforcing additional limits over flights over Kaliningrad.

"We want to induce Russia to come back into compliance with the treaty," a senior State Department official said.

Moreover, according to the sources cited by the WSJ, the United States has considered restrictions on Russia’s flights over Alaska and Hawaii, among other possibilities.

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