The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Washington has notified Moscow of its decision not to return to the Open Skies Treaty (OST).
“We confirm it,” the Russian diplomatic service told on Thursday.
Earlier, the Associated Press reported, citing a source, that Russia received a corresponding notification from the administration of American President Joe Biden.
According to him, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in an interview with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday said that the United States does not intend to return to the OST. According to the agency, the corresponding decision was made by the American side following an assessment of the feasibility of restoring its participation in the treaty, which was terminated by the administration of former US President Donald Trump in November 2020. AR draws attention to the fact that with the refusal of the United States to participate in the DON between Washington and Moscow, only one deal in the field of arms control will remain in force – the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START, unofficial name – START-3). The agency also notes that the decision on the refusal of the United States to restore its participation in the OST was made despite an earlier agreement to hold a meeting of the presidents of the two countries, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, in Geneva on June 16.