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Russia vows retaliation if Open Skies treaty rights limited

Moscow: Russia has vowed to take retaliatory measures if there were attempts to limit its rights under the Treaty on Open Skies, after the US decided to withdraw from the deal, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said.

“No scenarios are excluded,” the Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the Treaty withdrawal would damage the image of the US as a reliable partner.

On Monday, an online conference of the Treaty member states was held to consider the consequences of the US withdrawal.

According to the Russian statement, most participants noted the importance of the Ttreaty for European security and the need to maintain it, and expressed regret over the US pullout and hoped that the decision will be reviewed.

Many participants emphasized the need to resolve the problem of compliance with the Ttreaty at the negotiating table, and expressed their support for the ongoing work in this direction alongside their readiness to actively participate in it, the Ministry said.

It is obvious that the partners were aware of the negative consequences of Washington’s withdrawal, but at the same time, they have not yet shown willingness to take responsibility for the fate of the Treaty and engage in truly serious dialogue with Russia in order to address mutual concerns, it said.

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