World "Open Skies" agreement: Russia sees no chance of a new agreement

20:05  23 may  2020
20:05  23 may  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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The government in Moscow is reacting coolly to the announcement by the United States to leave the "Open Skies" agreement. A new trust building agreement is not in sight.

Russia sees no chance of a new agreement.

If the US makes its announcement and withdraws from the "Open Skies" agreement on military observation flights, Russia sees no chance of a new agreement. "There are no prospects for a new agreement to replace the contract," said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday on state television. "We don't need such perspectives either." The previous contract works flawlessly and guarantees European security, says Ryabkov. Even if Russia should meet all American demands, it does not expect the United States to stick to the treaty.

Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

  Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty President Trump plans to withdraw from another major arms control agreement, the Open Skies Treaty, multiple sources confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. The Open Skies Treaty allows the pact's 35 signatories, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation flights over each other with the intention of providing transparency about military activities to avoid miscalculations that could lead to war.A senior administration official and a Senate aide confirmed the decision, which was first reported Thursday by The New York Times.

The "Open Skies Treaty" allows the 34 signatory states, among other things, several observation flights per year in the airspace of the contracting parties. It was concluded in 1992 between NATO countries and former Warsaw Pact members and entered into force in 2002. Since then there have been more than 1,500 observation flights, which are primarily used to build trust. Representatives of the observing and observed states take part in all flights.

The government in Washington announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the treaty. Washington cited Moscow's breach of contract as the reason. Therefore, the United States is no longer bound by the treaty.

President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, Robert O'Brien, told the Bild newspaper: "The Russians are systematically violating the treaty by refusing to fly over American and allied aircraft." At the same time, Russia used overflights "to fly over civilian facilities, the White House, Camp David and a golf course on which the President is staying". Russia rejects the allegations.

Donald Trump withdraws the United States from a new arms control treaty

 Donald Trump withdraws the United States from a new arms control treaty Washington will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty which strengthens the arms control system by allowing its signatories to reciprocate over their territories. The decision was feared by the allies of the United States, Donald Trump confirmed it Thursday, May 21 before leaving the White House for a trip to Michigan.

The announcement of the USA has caused international irritation and concern. Until recently, the federal government had fought with its European partners to dissuade Trump from terminating the contract. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said on Thursday that it would campaign for "the US government to rethink its decision".

criticism of Maas was expressed by the US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell. "Instead of complaining about the US reaction, Heiko Maas should have increased the pressure on Russia in recent years to meet its obligations," said Grenell of the Rheinische Post.

criticism also from the chairwoman of the House of Representatives

There was also criticism in the United States of the Trump administration's announcement of its exit. The head of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, criticized on Friday that the withdrawal from the treaty "further undermines America's credibility in the global community and makes Americans less secure". The move makes America "blind" and encourages US enemies.

The United States has already left numerous international agreements under Trump, including the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Paris climate agreement and the INF treaty banning land-based mid-range nuclear weapons. The latter had been signed by the United States and the Soviet Union and was the most important nuclear disarmament treaty for Europe.

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