UK stated its commitment to the Open Skies Treaty

Great Britain remains true to the Open Skies Treaty, it serves the interests of Euro-Atlantic security. This was announced on Thursday, November 12, by a representative of the country’s Foreign Office, commenting on a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

According to the British diplomat, the document creates mutual understanding. Thanks to it, the countries trust each other through transparency in the military sphere.

Earlier Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow demands guarantees that Russian observation missions will be allowed to fly over U.S. bases in Europe after Washington withdraws from the Treaty on Open Skies. According to the head of the Russian diplomacy, Moscow will ask partners before the document of legal guarantees that they will not give Washington data on flights over Russia.

At the end of October Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov stated that Moscow expects full functioning of the Treaty on Open Skies in 2021.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002. It allows 34 participating countries to make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories.