The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: Treaty on Open Skies - Questions and Answers

   The Treaty on Open Skies is an agreement aiming to boost trust in the military sphere. The treaty is filled with complicated technical provisions concerning observation aircraft and equipment, equipment certification, the planning of observation missions, observation flight quotas, maximum range, etc. Obviously, this is why the public at large, as well as the political and parliamentary circles of the signatory states have not paid too much attention to the treaty for almost 30 years.

The Foreign Ministry has received many questions in connection with the US withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies. Here are answers to the most topical questions.