Russia is responsible for the destruction of the “open skies” regime, – the Foreign Ministry
Withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Open Skies Treaty is not unexpected. Thus, the Russian Federation completes a course aimed at destroying all regimes that contributed to military restraint in Europe, limited the deployment of strike weapons and sudden large-scale military activity in the Euro-Atlantic space.
This is stated in the commentary by Ukraine’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UATV informs.
The ministry notes that the Russian Federation stopped the conscientious fulfillment of obligations of the Open skies agreement and began violating it back in 2008-2010, having carried out aggression against Georgia. As a result, part of the occupied Georgian territories was de-facto removed from the zone of application of the Open skies agreement.
“In 2014, Russia occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol and separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, also removing them from the Treaty. In general, for the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation, more than 57,000 sq. km were withdrawn from the zone of application of the Open Skies Treaty, including more than 44,000 sq. km of Ukraine. This is more than the territory of Slovakia, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands or Belgium”, – the Foreign Ministry states.