Russia should repeal “the restrictions on inspection flights in the center of Kaliningrad, near the border with Georgia,” said the organization member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). Under this conditions the US will return to the performance of the contract. In Russia said that such behavior of the North Atlantic Alliance “causes a regret”.
The head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has accused Russia of “selective enforcement” of the agreement. “For many years, including at several successive meetings of NATO, we have called on Russia to return to full compliance with the Treaty”, — quotes the words of Stoltenberg, RIA “Novosti”. He noted that if Moscow “will adhere” to the Treaty, Washington may reconsider its decision to withdraw from this agreement.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev believes that the recent statement by NATO shows that U.S. allies irresponsible stand on the American side, thereby destroying the Foundation of the open skies Agreement. “There is a strict Euro-Atlantic discipline and the confidence of US allies that in any difficult situations Americans will protect the European theatre of operations. That is why, choosing between truth and interest, these countries act in accordance with interests, even if it contradicts the real situation”, -said in a conversation with RT Kosachev. He noted that such behavior of the North Atlantic Alliance “causes a regret”. Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the restrictions for Russia “categorically unacceptable”, we need to agree on each item and look for a compromise, says the channel 360.
Earlier it became known that Washington intends to announce its withdrawal from the Treaty and to inform Russia. Information to the press confirmed President of the United States Donald trump and Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. The agreement allows countries to carry out reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory to be aware of the military activity of the neighbors.