Contents tagged with Open Skies Treaty

  • US disallows Russia to use new Tu-214 for Open Skies observation flights

    The US government has decided not to allow Russia’s new Tu-214ON reconnaissance aircraft to make observation flights in accordance with the Treaty on Open Skies. This was reported by Sergey Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of Russia’s Defense Ministry.

    According to Ryzhkov, at the Kubinka airfield in the Moscow province, the new aircraft was subjected to international examination of the course of ten …

  • US not pulling out of Open Skies Treaty

    Washington is not stopping its involvement in the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS), and intends to remain committed to the agreement, a US State Department representative told TASS.

    “The United States is not suspending its participation in the TOS. On the contrary, the US remains committed to the continued implementation of the treaty, as demonstrated by the authorization for the recapitalization of our Open Skies aircraft and our ongoing efforts to modernize our fleet,” the official commented.

    The …

  • The US freezes Open Skies Treaty with Russia

    Paragraph 1242 of the Defense Bill, approved by the US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, stipulates the refusal to allocate money for financing the Open Skies Treaty.  

    It is indicated in the Defense Bill that the funds cannot be used in 2019 to carry out observation flights. It is noted that the restriction can be lifted if the US president presents the corresponding committee of the Congress a certificate confirming the fulfillment of the agreement terms by Russia.

    The document …

  • Russia promises to retaliate if US infringes on the Treaty on Open Skies

    The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova has stated that they will take adequate measures if the United States complicates the conduction of Russian observation flights over US territory, reported TASS.

    "Regarding the measures that the United States is imposing - which, as the media write, are intended to make it difficult to conduct Russian observation flights over America - we will evaluate them, including from the point of view of compliance with the Treaty (on …

  • Russia: the US intends to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

    The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Washington was going to restrict the conditions of Russian military aircraft flights over the territory of the United States within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies. This was announced by Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, as reported by Russia's RBC news agency.

    "Yes, we know that Americans are going to take such steps. There is a plenary meeting of the Commission on Open Skies …