The US withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies (OON) should not harm Russia’s security. This was stated by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Anton Morozov on Sunday, November 22.
“In my opinion, in practical terms, this will not harm the security of the Russian Federation, since now the tracking systems for military infrastructure facilities are used mainly on the basis of satellite technologies,” Morozov said in an interview with RT…
At the same time, he noted that the breakdown of treaties in the security sphere indicates a decline in trust between key players in the international arena, and this is alarming.
Earlier on the same day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that, despite the US withdrawal from the agreement, Moscow will seek firm guarantees that the parties remaining in the Open Skies Treaty will fulfill their obligations. “Gazeta.ru”…
In May, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the agreement. His decision was condemned in Europe and Russia. The United States’ commitment to OON officially ends on November 22.
In July, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction, explained that the United States had decided to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty in order to avoid inspection of American territory.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002. It allows member states to conduct reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories.