Open skies pact: Putin's warning was not heard in the West


Russia begins domestic procedures for the country's withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty (OON). This was reported on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday, January 15, 2021.


For the first time, this project was proposed by US President Eisenhower to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR N.A. Bulganin in Geneva in 1955. In view of the outbreak of the Cold War, Eisenhower proposed an agreement on observation flights over the territory of the United States and the USSR to prevent a surprise attack. First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee N.S. Khrushchev then rejected this offer. And in 1989, the proposal was repeated by US President George W. Bush.

The Treaty (DON) was signed after the collapse of the USSR on March 24.03.1992, 23 in Helsinki by representatives of 2017 OSCE member states. In 34, XNUMX states were parties to the Treaty.

In accordance with the Treaty, the states that signed it have undertaken to provide the opportunity to make observation flights over their territory within the established quotas. Flights are conducted on a notification basis. Representatives of the country over whose territory the flight is taking place are always present on board. Flights are carried out from certain airfields.

After the Kiev Maidan and the withdrawal of Crimea from Ukraine, this treaty received the first blow from the Americans. In connection with the appearance of new Russian inspection aircraft in the United States, a campaign was carried out to ban them due to their high reconnaissance characteristics. The crisis peaked in April 2014.

In November 2019, the American edition of Defense News reported that by the end of January 2020, a decision could be made to withdraw from the Treaty. The following claims were presented to Russia by the US State Department:

1. Russia's refusal to allow observation flights in a 10-kilometer corridor along the border of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the basis that Russia considers these territories to be independent states.

2. Allocation of airfields for refueling aircraft flying under the treaty at airfields located in Crimea, which the United States considers the territory of Ukraine. "This is an attempt to advance their claims about the annexation of the peninsula, which the US does not agree with and will never agree to."

3. Establishment of restrictions on flights over Kaliningrad.

The United States withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty on November 22, 2020. They explained this by the fact that Russia does not comply with the points of the agreement and, during flights over the United States, monitored the whereabouts of American President Trump.

They flew over the White House, they flew over civilian infrastructure, they tracked where the president might be: Camp David or Bedminster (residence and golf club). So they misused the contract

- said the Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Robert O'Brien.

I wonder if the Americans considered Donald Trump a Russian agent, then why did the Russians need to follow him? The problem turns out!

Meanwhile, EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell expressed regret over the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. He called on the United States to reconsider this decision, and Russia to immediately return to full implementation of the treaty.

This call caused an ambiguous reaction not only among ordinary citizens of Russia, but even among its President Vladimir Putin:

The Europeans tell us, let them come out, but you don’t come out. I say: hello, here's a good movie. You are all NATO members, which means that you will fly, transmit information to the Americans, and we will not be able to do this, because we will remain in this treaty. So let's not play the fool, let's talk honestly with each other!

But now, the "new broom" approaching the White House in the person of Biden and his brave team, according to many observers, has the goal of calling Russia directly for fruitful cooperation with the United States. Some even suggest the unification of the US and Russia against the EU and China!

Dear Sergei Marzhetskiy on the Reporter website suggeststhat under Biden, the United States will do its utmost to pull Russia towards solving global problems. Perhaps there is common sense in all these assumptions, but is it in the actions of the US Congress, which is stamping out the next sanctions against Russia?

Discussion of arms control issues and the extension of the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START, START-3) is in the interests of both Russia and the United States

- Jake Sullivan, whom US President-elect Joseph Biden is going to appoint as National Security Assistant, announced this on the air of CNN.

The tradition is fresh, as they say ...

Russia has not yet forgotten the vowed promises of the United States not to extend NATO towards the USSR and Russia. Well, if the issue of arms control is so acute, how are they going to solve it without an open skies treaty?

If the United States withdrew from this treaty so that Russia would not be able to conduct inspection flights over their territory, then why do they think that they can inspect Russian territory through the eyes of European NATO members?

This is precisely why the Russian president calls on the “probable partners” to talk honestly with each other. However, the warning was not heard. If the main NATO player left (Don), then Russia has nothing else to do there.

As V.I. Lenin on a slightly different occasion, but very timely to current events, "before uniting, we must decisively dissociate ourselves!"

And as soon as the American White House matures for a new stage of cooperation with Russia, then first of all it must itself, without urging from the outside, return to the Open Skies Treaty. Yes, and it is desirable to many other agreements, from which he so recklessly withdrew in the recent past. Confucius also taught - "Do not do to others what you do not wish for yourself."

And while the United States is thinking about how to do business with Russia in the future, let them remember the words of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire Alexander Mikhailovich Gorchakov - "No, Russia is not angry, Russia is concentrating."
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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 17 January 2021 15: 24
    -7
    The United States withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty on November 22, 2020.

    And they warned about the exit in November 2019, and it only came to Putin on January 15, 2021! And it still counts quickly. Even in 20 years the fans haven’t realized what kind of thinker controls us !!
    1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 17 January 2021 16: 01
      +3
      But if Platoshkin were in Putin's place, he would have conquered everyone at once!))
    2. Igor Aviator Offline Igor Aviator
      Igor Aviator (Igor Aviator) 17 January 2021 20: 26
      +9
      Quote: steel maker
      And they warned about the exit in November 2019, and it only came to Putin on January 15, 2021!

      Sweetheart! It is written in black and white, and. seemingly in Russian: WARNED ABOUT EXIT (!!) in November 2019. once again, for the "geniuses": "WARNED" - "to promise is not to marry!" (from). We left - May 21, 2020! What doesn't suit you? That the President of the Russian Federation NEVER commits rash acts? And does not immediately rush from one extreme to another? So this is not surprising! He is a Politician (with a capital letter), and not some petty kid hiding under the nickname of a steelmaker!
      1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
        steelmaker 17 January 2021 21: 48
        -6
        He is a Politician (with a capital letter),

        The embassies were searched, the ambassadors were kicked out, the embassies were closed, the plane was shot down, the pilot was killed, the diplomat was killed, a helicopter in Karabakh was shot down, Russian citizens around the world are arrested and taken to the United States. And this is all "Politician with a capital letter!" To be such a politician, it is enough to have no conscience!
  2. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 17 January 2021 16: 19
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    The author forgot that the Russian Federation also promised Ukraine the inviolability of borders. Well, maybe that's why NATO expanded.
    And Alexander Mikhailovich Gorchakov is not at all appropriate to mention. A man who lived under the Tsars in RI. Neither the USSR nor the Russian Federation are the legal successors of the Russian Empire. As you know, the USSR was formed by the violent seizure of power and the Provisional Government, and all of its history is a struggle against the legacy of that Russia until 1917.
    1. Igor Aviator Offline Igor Aviator
      Igor Aviator (Igor Aviator) 17 January 2021 20: 12
      +7
      Quote: Vladest
      Neither the USSR nor the Russian Federation are the legal successors of the Russian Empire.

      Really? What a bad luck! It’s strange, but the Russian Federation declared itself the legal successor of both the Russian Empire and the USSR, and even paid off ALL debts! wassat Actually, you need to be more attentive to the Newest history, otherwise it will be interested in you!
      1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
        rotkiv04 (Victor) 17 January 2021 22: 48
        +3
        so they have their own, Sumerian history
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    3. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) 17 January 2021 20: 31
      -2
      If it were not for the Bolsheviks, there would be no tsarist empire, nor this one!
    4. Igor Aviator Offline Igor Aviator
      Igor Aviator (Igor Aviator) 17 January 2021 20: 49
      +7
      Quote: Vladest
      Well, maybe that's why NATO expanded.

      You confuse cause and effect, and you shouldn't put an owl on the globe! this memorandum. On which all hohlouporotye hope, Ukraine itself has not ratified! By the way, Ukraine itself violated it. and the EU.

      Quote: Vladest
      Russia promised Ukraine inviolability of borders

      What do you want from the Russian Federation if power in Ukraine was seized by a handful of armed nationalist bandits as a result of an armed coup? moreover, the whole world knows the attempt (fortunately unsuccessful) to physically destroy the President of Ukraine acting at that time! So what kind of promise to the rebels can we talk about? To be honest, they all had to be captured, hidden in places not so distant, and then tried by an international tribunal, and hung up for edification!
      If you are tormented by "phantom pains" about the Crimea. so it was necessary to think about this BEFORE, not to declare war on those who disagree with the coup, not to send a "friendship train" to the Crimea! Moreover. I'll tell you. get ready. Crimea is just the beginning! After quite a bit of time, Odessa, Kherson, Mariupol, Transcarpathia, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk will fall off from you! And to top it all, Lviv will be chopped off by the Poles, and Kiev will flee to Russia ITSELF! And only Ragulestan will remain from the administrative misunderstanding that calls itself Ukraine! You will rot there!
    5. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 17 January 2021 22: 50
      +1
      so on the outskirts the Russians were also promised a lot of things, but as they say in your movii - a fool of wealth
    6. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
      Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 18 January 2021 11: 58
      +7
      Ukraine promised the Russian Federation to maintain the neutral status of the country and to fulfill the terms of the treaty of friendship with the Russian Federation. Instead, Ukraine gathered in NATO under Yushchenko and under Yushchenko fought against Russia on the side of Georgia. Then Ukraine began to kill Russians on a national basis (burned buses from anti-Maidan with Crimean residents, burned Russians in Odessa, started murders in Donbass). So after that, the RF doesn't owe you anything but a good kick. As for the eastward expansion of NATO, which the Yankees promised not to do, the Baltic countries and the former Warsaw Pact entered NATO long before 2014.
    7. igor.igorev Offline igor.igorev
      igor.igorev (Igor) 18 January 2021 19: 51
      +2
      RF has not promised ANYTHING to Ukraine. The Budapest Memorandum, as I understand it, you mean, NOT ONE country has ratified, including Ukraine. The price of this memorandum is exactly the same as the cost of paper and ink.
  3. Vadim Ananyin Offline Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin (Vadim Ananyin) 17 January 2021 18: 11
    +5
    and Russia - to immediately return to full implementation of the treaty.
    But it is not clear with what kind of fright Russia should unquestioningly return to full implementation ?! Or their senile regional committee went off the coils of reality ?!
  4. zloybond Offline zloybond
    zloybond (steppenwolf) 17 January 2021 20: 43
    -3
    but what is there to suck on what is not needed. Control, surveillance, reconnaissance are carried out by means of the satellite constellation, and this is just a formality. Outdated and useless.
  5. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 17 January 2021 23: 46
    -8
    Quote: Igor Aviator
    Really? What a bad luck! It’s strange, but the Russian Federation declared itself the legal successor of both the Russian Empire and the USSR, and even paid off ALL debts! Actually, you need to be more attentive to the Newest history,

    This is surprising, but the Internet does not provide evidence of the succession of the Republic of Ingushetia to the Russian Federation .. Maybe you can cite a documentary as an example of your words so as not to be VOICE.
    It should be especially noted that the Russian Federation was born from the USSR, which in turn destroyed all the heritage that the Russian Empire created. The seizure of Russia by the Bolsheviks can hardly be called legal. Capture by gangster then yes. To consider the Russian heritage as one's own is tantamount to when a thief or a bandit also considers someone else's property as his own.
    Nakhimov, Kutuzov, Suvorov would have fought with the Bolsheviks to the last were they alive. Surely they are tossing and turning in the graves for the honor of being exploited by Bolshevik propaganda.
    1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
      Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 18 January 2021 12: 04
      +6
      The Russian Empire was created by Russia, and your whole Ukraine is on the map of 1654, within the borders of which you crawled into Russia from Poland. That's what they came to Russia with, then yours, everything else you have stolen. As for the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation paid off the debts of the Russian Empire, and in return received objects abroad that belonged to the Russian Empire. The change of the political system in the country does not mean the liquidation of the state. The state can change borders, but it does not disappear. An example is the same France, in which revolutions were like mud.
  6. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 17 January 2021 23: 54
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    Quote: Igor Aviator
    What do you want from the Russian Federation if power in Ukraine was seized by a handful of armed nationalist bandits as a result of an armed coup?

    I don’t have to lie. Do you sincerely believe in it yourself? I like the filter Crimea there or there. Take pay. Ukraine is an excellent reason for the United States to inflict billions of dollars in losses on the Russian Federation without losing anything.
    One North. stream 2 already pulls 15 billion. And every day of its downtime is money down the drain. And how many others are there.
    All who suffered from the Russian Federation are those who just did not belong to NATO. So you can't trust the Russian Federation. Great strength against strength.
    1. Robert49 Offline Robert49
      Robert49 18 January 2021 22: 09
      +2
      That's right, it was necessary to take lessons from the British. As they taught the Indians "love". Cannons. Or how they put China on opium. And not to build schools and gas pipelines. Or how the Belgians thinned the Congo population by 10 million! This is how to achieve love. And then - friendship of peoples, brothers forever .. (Irene Adler). And then Banderlog-pan-headed jackals bark here ...