Russia expects explanations from the United States in connection with the statements of the American side of withdrawal from the Treaty on open skies (DON). About this informed the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova, the TV channel “Russia 24”.

She explained that in addition to public statements, there is a normal practice to respect the agreements and treaties as well as diplomatic channels through which Moscow is waiting for clarification. According to her, this is necessary in order to form the attitude to the US position.

— This is done in General diplomats the routine, usual, and I think after that we will form your approach, the diplomat said.

She added that Moscow had not received official notification and clarification from Washington about withdrawal from the Treaty on open skies.

We will remind, on Thursday, may 21, the President of the United States Donald trump has announced the release of Washington from the Treaty on open skies. The head of the White house called the good relations with Russia. However , according to him, Moscow allegedly does not adhere to the contract.

Later, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the decision to withdraw America from the DON will take effect in six months. He explained that the American side may revise its output in the case that “Russia will return to full compliance with the Treaty”.


The open skies Treaty is a multilateral international Treaty which allows free flights by unarmed reconnaissance aircraft in the airspace of signatory countries. The document was signed on 24 March 1994 in Helsinki. The signatories of the 23 member States of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe.