German Foreign Ministry: We Regret that US Is Leaving Open Skies Treaty
The German Foreign Ministry regrets the decision of the American authorities to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. The ministry also calls on Russia to return to its full implementation and, thereby, eliminate the reasons why the US took this step. The corresponding statement by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was published on Thursday, May 21, on the website of the German Foreign Ministry.
“The treaty is an important part of the European arms control architecture. It contributes to maintaining security and peace in almost the entire northern hemisphere. Indeed, in recent years we have seen difficulties in the implementation of the treaty by Russia. In our opinion, this does not justify withdrawing from it, » said Mas. He called on Russia to return to its full implementation and emphasized that Germany and its partners would do everything for the United States to abandon the decision to withdraw.
On Friday, NATO intends to hold an emergency meeting of the NATO Council in connection with the unilateral decision of the United States to leave the Open Skies Treaty. The alliance also expressed concern about the « selective application of this treaty by Russia. »
On Thursday, U.S. Presidential Administration Donald Trump informed international partners about the decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, which allows more than 30 participating countries to fly over each other’s territories in order to build confidence and prevent conflicts.
The White House substantiated its decision by systematic violations of the treaty by Russia. Formal withdrawal from the contract, according to the conditions, will occur in 6 months. « During this time, it became obvious that participation in the open skies treaty no longer meets the interests of America, Russia repeatedly violated this document and used it in such a way that a military threat could arise for the United States and its allies, » the sources explained.