Belgium: Russia 'has undermined the Open Skies Treaty' — NATO Secretary General

22 мая 2020 г. 21:36

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia «undermined the Open Skies Treaty» in a statement in Brussels on Friday, after NATO members met to discuss the withdrawal of the US from the 35-nation treaty that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. «Russia has for many years imposed flight restrictions inconsistent with the treaty, including flight limitations over Kaliningrad, and restricting flights in Russia near its border with Georgia,» said Stoltenberg, adding «Russia's ongoing selective implementation has undermined the Open Skies Treaty.» The White House announced on Thursday that the US is pulling out of the pact alleging that Russia has been long violating its terms. Stoltenberg also noted in his speech that NATO allies are engaged with Russia «to seek Russia's return to compliance at the earliest date possible» and that the US might reconsider its withdrawal from the treaty.

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