Russia confirms its intention to implement the Treaty on open skies (DON), the fate of which after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States will be decided at a conference of participating countries, reported on Friday, May 22, in the Russian permanent mission to NATO.
The Russian side following an emergency NATO meeting, convened to discuss the unilateral decision of US to withdraw from the DON, expressed willingness for further dialogue, but “on the basis of mutual respect, not compromise, in the interests of European and international security”.
According to the permanent mission, the Treaty has proved “its functionality and relevance” as part of the system of arms control and ensuring the predictability of military activities.
The diplomats also said that now Russia and all participants of the DON need to carefully analyze the situation that has developed after the US decision and determine their positions. Then call a special conference, the results of which will determine the fate of the DON.
Earlier, us house of representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as former us Vice President Joseph Biden, criticized the decision of us leader Donald trump to withdraw countries from the open skies Treaty (DON).
In her statement, Pelosi noted that the agreement promotes “openness, transparency and control” over the activities of the countries participating in the Treaty, and leaving it will only undermine the authority of the United States and put the security of American citizens at risk.
Trump’s decision was also criticized by members of the US Congress, calling such a step “a slap in the face to allies in Europe”, and the Foreign Ministers of 10 European countries at once.
Trump announced the withdrawal from the EU the day before, the decision will take effect in six months starting on May 22. At the same time, he announced the possible conclusion of a new agreement, and US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo allowed Washington to return to the document, in case “if Russia returns to full compliance” with its terms.
The Russian foreign Ministry issued an official position of Moscow. The Department called the us decision deplorable and noted that Washington has repeatedly violated the terms of the agreement, avoiding explanations, and at the same time insists on immediate implementation of its requirements in an ultimatum form. The foreign Ministry called on the United States to publish a list of Russian objects that they have photographed in recent years.
The open skies Treaty was signed on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki by representatives of the 23 member States of the Organization for security and co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The purpose of the Treaty is to promote confidence-building among States by improving mechanisms for monitoring military activities.