Lavrov: Russia has not received official notifications about the US withdrawal

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The new American administration has announced in recent days that it has not yet taken a final decision on the withdrawal from Open Skies.

Russia did not receive no official notification from the United States on its position on the Open Skies Treaty.

Moscow Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reported this today:

“Regarding the Open Skies Treaty, I have not seen this note, no one has written anything to us, although we have officially warned everyone through diplomatic notes that we are starting the procedure for the withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, as we have not received any guarantees that Europeans will not reveal the data they get on flights over Russian territory, “Lavrov said at a press conference held after talks with his Kazakh counterpart.

Moscow expects Washington explain your position soon on the Treaty on Open Skies, the diplomat continued.

On Wednesday, a US State Department spokesman told Sputnik that Washington had yet to make a decision on its future participation in the treaty.

At the same time, a leaked memo from the US administration, obtained by Defense News, suggested that Washington fears it is “sending the wrong message to Russia” by rejoining the agreement.

The US also continues to accuse Moscow of violating the treaty, which Russia denies, noting that the deal could be reinstated if Washington reverses the withdrawal.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and went into effect 10 years later. The document allowed 34 participating nations to conduct unarmed observation flights over their respective territories.

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