NATO voiced the terms of the US return to the Open Skies Treaty

By | May 22, 2020
NATO voiced the terms of the US return to the Open Skies Treaty

Russia is urged to lift restrictions on inspection flights in the Kaliningrad region and near the border with Georgia.
The United States may return to the Open Skies Treaty if Russia lifts its flight restrictions. This was announced on Friday, May 22, in a press release following a meeting of the NATO Council.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that for the United States to return to the Open Skies Treaty, Russia must lift restrictions on inspection flights in the Kaliningrad region and near the border with Georgia.

The published document notes that NATO countries believe that Russia does not comply with the provisions of the Open Skies Treaty, and called on Moscow to return to full implementation of this treaty.

NATO believes that Russia’s compliance with the terms of the treaty will allow it to be retained after a unilateral decision by the United States to withdraw from it.

Recall, on the eve of US President Donald Trump announced that the country will six months later withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, which allows its members to fly over each other’s territories to observe military activities.

Later in Russia it was announced that they would not withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty as long as it was in force.

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