Bondarev: the USA is beneficial to suspend the Treaty on open skies


MOSCOW, August 14. / All of US actions related to the Treaty on open skies (DON) and its possible suspension, sent to Moscow failed to monitor compliance with Washington’s international obligations and the increasing military activities of the United States and other countries.

Such opinion in conversation with was expressed by the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Bondarev, formerly head of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation.

“The open skies Treaty provided for unrestricted flights over any territory of any country that signed it. It also includes visits to airfields, points of storage of missiles, and naval bases. And we have [in the US] watched, and they watched us. In principle, it was rechecked everything. But now, for example, to count how many they have in reality, warheads, we will not be able because they do not give us to do so and will gradually increase their number, and that nobody can control,” said the Senator.

Also the contract stipulates that the aircraft of the signatory countries should not be moved without notice to each other near the borders. “They all do it, so we could not monitor their actions. Most importantly, we will not be able to fly there and to monitor compliance with all contracts on the number of warheads,” – said Bondarev.

He added that the advanced weaponry, which this year said Russia cannot serve as an argument to limit the Treaty on open skies, because our country does not conceal but, on the contrary, constantly speaks of the new weapons.

New restrictions

As previously reported, the President of the United States Donald trump signed Monday a law on allocations for military needs of the United States in 2019 fiscal year. This document limited the ability of Washington to vote in the Commission the Treaty on open skies. In particular, it States that the Executive branch of US government is forbidden to master state funds, “to modify the American planes for the purposes of implementation (execution) of the Treaty on open skies”.

The law also orders the U.S. government to seek from the Russian authorities permission for observation flights of the States parties to the DON “above all Moscow, Chechnya, Kaliningrad and at the distance of 10 km” from the border of the Russian Federation with Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Washington for several years, accuses Moscow in the election run DON and the violation of several of its provisions. Russia also makes the US claims relating to the implementation of the Treaty. Last year Washington announced the introduction of certain restrictions in respect of Russian observation flights over us territory within the framework of the DON, Moscow soon responded with a mirror.

On the contract

The open skies Treaty is a multilateral international Treaty, signed on 24 March 1992 in Helsinki by representatives of 23 member States of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It is aimed at strengthening trust between States and aims to improve the mechanisms of control over military activity and observance of operating contracts in the field of arms control. The Treaty allows the States parties to overflying any of the other’s territory to monitor military activities in accordance with agreed to this and agreed quotas observation missions.

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