Russia promises to retaliate if US infringes on the Treaty on Open Skies

The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova has stated that they will take adequate measures if the United States complicates the conduction of Russian observation flights over US territory, reported TASS.

"Regarding the measures that the United States is imposing - which, as the media write, are intended to make it difficult to conduct Russian observation flights over America - we will evaluate them, including from the point of view of compliance with the Treaty (on Open Skies). We will evaluate and make a decision on our own adequate steps", she said.

Earlier, it was reported that the US is preparing to announce restrictions on Russian military flights over US territory, as stipulated in the Treaty on Open Skies.

The treaty, which is part of arms control measures, allows 34 member countries that have ratified it to conduct observation flights over each other's territories.

The range of reconnaissance flight can be up to 5500 km; however, Russia has limited it to 500 km over Kaliningrad. That is why the United States intends in turn to limit the flights of Russian aircraft.

  Open Skies Treaty, Russia, USA