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The foreign Ministry assessed the situation around the Treaty on open skies

Many participating States of the conference on the Treaty on open skies, has expressed a desire to resume flights as soon as they removed the relevant quarantine restrictions introduced in connection with the spread of the coronavirus, said Tuesday the head of the Department for conventional arms control of the Department of non-proliferation and arms control Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Oleg Bushuev.

The conference of the countries-participants of the Treaty on open skies took place on July 6, it was convened in connection with the withdrawal from the agreement of Washington, the President of the United States Donald trump announced in may. In the event, which was held by video conference, was attended by the representatives of 34 countries.

"Many States reaffirmed the desire to resume flights as soon as they removed the relevant restrictions. Work resumption is the Advisory Commission on open skies. Taken into account, first of all, national restrictions, because they somehow apply not only to those who are on their territory, but also on the crew that arrives. You need to appropriate safeguards, permits, including from the Russian Federal service in charge of the quarantine regulations in the country," said Bush during an online conference at the site of the international discussion club "Valdai".

As noted Bushuev, will be removed or not these restrictions until the end of the year, hard to say.

"But I will Express the following opinion: the expression of the States parties of the need to resume (operations) will testify to the relevance of the Treaty. I think that if this pandemic will weaken, it is possible that in the second half we will see the resumption (of the flights), " - said the Russian diplomat.

The Treaty on open skies 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. After the US withdrawal in the Contract will remain 34 States.