NUR-SULTAN (Sputnik) – Russia has not acquired any official notifications from the United States concerning its place on the Open Skies Treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Thursday.
Sputnik / Maksim BlinovA Tu-214 ON (Open Skies) reconnaissance plane designed by JSC Tupolev as a modified model of a Tu-214 passenger airliner
Moscow expects Washington to elucidate its stance on the Open Skies Treaty quickly, the diplomat went on to say.
On Wednesday, a US State Department spokesperson instructed Sputnik that Washington was but to decide on its future participation within the treaty.
At the identical time, a leaked memo from the US administration, obtained by Defence News, instructed that Washington fears to “send the wrong message to Russia” by re-joining the accord. The US additionally continues to accuse Moscow of violating the treaty – which Russia denies, stressing that the settlement could also be revived if Washington reverses the withdrawal.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and have become efficient 10 years later. The doc allowed 34 taking part nations to conduct unarmed remark flights over one another’s territories.