Federation Council member Alexei Pushkov called the Open Skies Treaty unviable after the US withdrew from the agreement. He wrote about this in his Twitter-account.
“Of course, there will be no“ tough guarantees ”from NATO that it will refuse to transfer data received by the US allies to the US. But we can firmly count on the fact that this data will be immediately transferred to Washington, ”the politician said.
According to Pushkov, statements by US allies of commitment to the agreement do not negate their special relationship with Washington. The senator also added that it is impossible to trace the secret transmission of data.
The United States has ceased to be a party to the Open Skies Treaty since Sunday, November 22. The American side explained its position by the fact that Moscow allegedly does not comply with the points of the agreement. The White House also said that Russia monitored the whereabouts of US President Donald Trump during flights over the United States. Moscow denies Washington’s accusations.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992. According to the document, the participating countries can make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory in order to monitor military activities and compliance with existing arms control treaties.