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Stoltenberg urges Russia to return to compliance with Open Skies Treaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

NATO Secretary General drew attention to the fact that for many years, Russia has introduced restrictions on flights incompatible with the Treaty
18:18, 23 May 2020

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to return to compliance with the Open Skies Treaty. This was reported by the press service of the alliance, following an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council.

"Russia's constant selective fulfillment of its obligations under the Open Skies Treaty has undermined the contribution of this important Treaty to ensuring security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region ... Returning Russia to compliance is the best way to preserve the advantages of the Treaty," Stoltenberg said.

The NATO Secretary General drew attention to the fact that for many years, Russia has imposed restrictions on flights incompatible with the document, including restrictions on flights over Kaliningrad and restrictions on flights in Russia near its border with Georgia.

All NATO allies fully comply with all provisions of the Treaty, Stoltenberg noted.

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NATO allies and partner countries are open for cooperation with Russia, both in the capitals and in the OSCE secretariat in Vienna, in order to achieve Russia's return to compliance with the Treaty as soon as possible.

NATO allies have voiced their intention to continue to maintain and strengthen arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation as a key element of Euro-Atlantic security.

The Alliance ambassadors held an urgent meeting on May 22 to discuss the statement by US President Donald Trump on his country's withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia.

On May 21, it was reported that US President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, with the possibility of its renewal.

The Open Skies Treaty is a multilateral agreement that allows free flights of unarmed reconnaissance aircraft in the airspace of the participating countries. The agreement was concluded on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki (Finland) by representatives of 23 OSCE member states.

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