Russia will return to the Open Skies Treaty (OON), provided that the actions of its participants do not pose a threat to the country’s national interests. On April 7, Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, wrote about this on his Twitter account.
“Russia will return to the treaty if the actions of its participants, including the ex, do not threaten national interests and go beyond parity,” the parliamentarian commented on the US State Department’s statements on the social network about alleged violations of the treaty by the Russian Federation.
Recall that the Russian Foreign Ministry on January 15 issued a statement on Russia’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. The decision was made due to the fact that on November 22, 2020, the United States withdrew from the agreement and refused to return to compliance with the treaty on new terms. It was noted that this undermined the role of the document “as a tool for strengthening confidence and security.”
Earlier it became known that the United States decided to disassemble for parts and hand over for scrap the aircraft that were previously used for observation flights over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty (OON).
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has set a deadline for the United States on the Open Skies Treaty. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the United States and its allies have just over a month and a half to decide on the fate of the agreement.