Russia will not persuade US to remain within the Treaty on open skies

Russia will not persuade US to remain within the Treaty on open skies, said the head of the division for conventional arms control of the Department of non-proliferation and arms control Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Oleg Bushuev.

Earlier, Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on the results of the virtual conference of the participating countries said that Russia and the United States failed to reconcile the positions, it is unlikely that Washington will reconsider the decision to withdraw from the Treaty on open skies.

As noted Bushuev, all States parties to the Treaty and called for its preservation as an important element of transparency and measures of strengthening European security.

"It was suggested that, to resolve existing claims in the so-called small group of experts when we can get together and talk. The head of the delegation, representing the Russian Federation, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said directly that we invite to this group, including the United States until they withdraw from the Treaty. Therefore, strictly speaking, the main idea is all the options are open, but further steps we will build on the basis of mutual interests. And to persuade the United States of America we are not going, it's their decision," he added.

In late may, the President of the United States Donald trump said that the United States out of the Treaty on open skies. The agreement was signed in 1992 and became one of the measures for strengthening confidence in Europe after the cold war. It has been operating since 2002 and allows the participating countries to openly gather information about military forces and activities of each other. Parties to the Treaty to the last time was 34 States. The reason for the US withdrawal from the steel agreement, according to Washington, his repeated violations by Russia. In particular, the United States accused Moscow of the fact that it has the "Open sky" as a tool of "military coercion". Russia has repeatedly denied accusations by the U.S. in breach of contract.