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The defense Ministry praised the US claim to the Treaty on open skies

United States to exit the Treaty on open skies (DON) using flimsy excuses, said Friday the head of the National center for reducing nuclear danger Sergey Ryzhkov.

He remind that the situation around the contract began to deteriorate since September 2013, when for observation flights under the Treaty, Russia began to use the surveillance aircraft An-30B with the new digital surveillance equipment.

"The more the situation worsened after a successful international certification of Russian aircraft observations Tu-154МЛК-1 in 2016 and Tu-214ON in 2018. The first observation flight with Russian digital observation equipment over the United States in the fall of 2017 has even more urged opponents of the Treaty. It became apparent that the direction of the introduction in the DAWN of advanced technology, we are ahead of our partners about 6-7 years", - said the head of the national center for reducing nuclear danger.

He also noted that the US and its allies wrongly believe the illegal limit of 500 kilometers, which the Russian side has imposed on flights over the Kaliningrad region.

He also noted that the US and its allies consider a violation that Russia denies to foreign States in conducting flights in a ten-kilometer strip along the border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"The Russian side is based on the contract clause, according to which "the flights are conducted no closer than 10 kilometers from the border States non-party." While Russia recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent States, and Tbilisi, Washington and other NATO members - no. Russia offers to allow flights in the 10-kilometer zone in case Georgia will allow inspectors from Russia overflying its territory. But official Tbilisi is blocking Russia's proposal," he said.

Last year, Washington had a new claim, a controversial incident occurred in September 2019 during SCSU "Center-2019", which was attended by foreign contingents from the countries-CSTO members, China, India and Pakistan.

He said that American inspectors have proposed various options out of the situation, including to make a second part of the mission another day and thus to increase the total time of observation, "however, our proposals were ignored and in the end, Washington accused Moscow in the next "gross violation" of the Treaty".

"Claims to the Americans have much more. We told 6 July 2020 at the conference within the OSCE framework to discuss the consequences of the US withdrawal from the Treaty. In our report said about the non-admission of the Russian observation aircraft on the territory of the United States, prohibiting the observation of island territories, the establishment of a regime for the flights of Russian aircraft when the crew is working 14 to 18 hours," - said Ryzhkov.