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Russia says it will continue to comply with the Open Skies contract as long as it “remains in force”.

May 22, 2020

The Russian government will continue to comply with the Open Skies contract as long as it “remains in force”, despite the United States’ announcement that it will abandon the agreement in response to alleged violations by the Moscow authorities, as deputy minister of Russian foreign affairs Alexander Grushko.

“We have to take a pragmatic approach. As long as the contract remains in effect, we intend to respect all rights and obligations that result,” the Russian deputy minister told Sputnik, the Russian news agency.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has expressed confidence that other countries will follow the same approach as Russia. “We assume that the other nations act in the same way and fulfill their commitments in good faith,” he said.

Russia says it will continue to comply with the Open Skies contract as long as it “remains in force”.
Russia says it will continue to comply with the Open Skies contract as long as it “remains in force”.

The message from the Russian Deputy Secretary of State comes hours after the U.S. government announced that it would start withdrawing from the Open Skies treaty this Friday, arguing that Russia has repeatedly violated the agreement by failing to do so Allow observation flights.