Open Sky Treaty: Kremlin reacted to US withdrawal

On the eve, Washington confirmed its refusal to further participate in the open skies treaty.

After the US withdraws, the open skies treaty will lose its viability, the Kremlin believes. This opinion was expressed on Monday, November 23, by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.

“With the US withdrawal, the treaty itself will, of course, lose its viability,” he said.

“We regret this. We believe that this treaty is a very important link in general in strengthening mutual trust, in terms of arms control, etc., etc.,” the Kremlin spokesman added.

He recalled that the Russian side “from the very beginning, even when the US announced its intention to withdraw from this document,” said, “that such a step would have negative consequences.”

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 by representatives of 23 OSCE member states. At the moment, the number of participants in the document has reached 34, including the United States and Russia. As part of the agreement, the parties can conduct observation flights over each other's territories, as well as use photo and video filming.

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