In six months the United States will no longer be a party to the Treaty on open skies, an official notification signatory countries will be sent on 22 may. This is stated in the statement of US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, which is posted on the Department of State website on may 21.
“We may revise our conclusion, if Russia will return to full compliance with Treaty obligations,” said Pompeo.
According to him, Russia is “rude and constantly” violated the agreement that undermined its basic function – confidence, creating threats to US security.
“Russia has been denied access to Supervisory flight within a 10 km corridor along its border with the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, insisting on false allegations that these occupied territories are independent States. The designation of Russia to the airfield to refuel aircraft open sky in the Crimea (Ukraine), is an attempt to put forward a claim for legitimizing the annexation of the Peninsula, which the United States does not accept and will never accept. Russia has also illegally imposed restrictions on the range over the Kaliningrad region, despite the fact that this enclave became a place of considerable military buildup, including the focus on NATO missiles short range nuclear warheads,” – said in a statement the Secretary of state.
Russia turned the Treaty on open skies, “a tool of intimidation and threats,” he added.
“We understand that many of our allies and partners in Europe still find value in the contract, and we are grateful for the thoughtful feedback they sent to us in the course of the study. If not for that, we probably would have long ago withdrew from the agreement. However, we do not want to cement the Treaty problem associated with threats and mistrust engendered by Russia, just in order to maintain the appearance of cooperation with Moscow. There’s no doubt that only Russia is responsible for these events and the continued destruction of the architecture of arms control,” – says Pompeo.
The US President Donald trump, speaking to reporters in Washington, confirmed that America will remain outside the Treaty until Russia will begin to abide by it, according to Fox. The White house admitted the conclusion of a new agreement on monitoring and control.
“There is a good chance to create a new agreement, or to make something that will allow us to return to the original contract,” he said.
The Treaty on open skies was signed in 1992 in Helsinki. It allowed signatory countries to carry out unarmed observation flights over the territories of each other.
In August 2018, the US President, Donald trump has frozen the open skies Treaty with Russia.
October 27, 2019, referring to two us officials, The Wall Street Journal reported that trump signed a document about the US intention to withdraw from the Treaty on open skies, but the final decision is not accepted.
In may 2020, a group of retired NATO generals have called for the US not to go from the contract.
May 21, the Associated Press reported that the issue of withdrawal of States from the agreement have already been solved.