Source Title: Russian Vice Foreign Minister: Russia has decided in principle to withdraw from the open sky treaty
On January 27 local time, Russian Vice Foreign Minister ryabukov said that Russia has yet to hear whether the new US President Biden has changed the US position on the open sky treaty. Russia has repeatedly asked the existing states parties to the open sky treaty to implement it. However, many European countries, as allies of the United States, can neither guarantee that Russia will be allowed to observe and fly over their territory, including the facilities of the U.S. military bases, nor guarantee that the information obtained from Russian aerial reconnaissance will not be transmitted to the United States. Russia has made a decision in principle to withdraw from the open sky treaty and has started relevant domestic procedures.
The open sky treaty was signed in 1992, which has become one of the measures to build European Strategic Security trust after the cold war. The treaty has been implemented since 2002, allowing states parties to disclose and collect information on military forces and activities. Trump, then US president, announced in May 2020 that the US started the process of withdrawing from the open sky Treaty on the grounds that Russia violated the treaty. Russia has repeatedly refuted the US accusation of breach of contract. On November 22, the US government announced that the United States officially withdrew from the open sky treaty.
On January 15, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that it has the right to announce the start of domestic procedures for Russia’s withdrawal from the open sky treaty. After the procedure is completed, Russia will inform the parties concerned of the treaty. (CCTV reporter song Yao)