The US announced withdrawal from Open Sky Treaty blaming Russia of violation
The U.S. embassy in Moscow passed an official notification to the Russian Foreign Ministry informing of a decision to quit the Open Sky Treaty.
"We received an official note from the US Embassy at the Foreign Ministry today stating that the US government has decided to launch the procedure for withdrawing from the Open Sky Treaty," TASS quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.
On May 12, the US President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from all the Open Sky Treaty. The decision comes after alleged Russian violation of the pact. The decision will come to power in six months.
"Russia did not adhere to the treaty," Trump told reporters on his way to Michigan on Thursday afternoon.
He added that the US could return to the treaty, or negotiate a new one with Moscow, without elaborating.
However, Alexander Grushko denied the Russian violation of the Treaty and claimed that Moscow will follow the agreement until it has power. He also noted that Russia expects other countries to approach the pact with the responsibilities in the frames of the agreement and that US withdrawal will hurt other countries which are NATO members.
A month ago Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said nearly the same stating that the Europian countries will unlikely pull out from the agreement as they understand it has “value as an instrument [to secure] trust, predictability, and transparency.”
According to RIA Novosty, the US quit from the pact would lead to "a new arms race," a spokesman for the UN Secretary General is sure. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds to the same opinion. The US abandonment of the agreement is the latest in a series of decisions by the Trump administration to withdraw from international security accords.