Georgia quits Open Skies partnership with Russia

Georgia has left the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, accusing Moscow of not fulfilling its obligations under the contract, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on April 5.

“Georgia made a decision to cease performing its obligations vis-à-vis the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty,” the ministry said in a statement, adding it has already notified all the other parties to the treaty of its decision.

“This move by the Georgian side responds to Russia's cessation of implementation of certain Treaty obligations, which began in 2010 and subsequent attempts of Russia to exploit Open Skies Treaty for the purpose of legitimizing the so-called independence of Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia,” the statement said.

According to the ministry, Russia has been violating the Treaty since 2010, when it imposed flight restrictions on other state parties.