11 May 2021 10:52

Putin submits bill on Russia's denunciation of Treaty on Open Skies to State Duma

MOSCOW. May 11 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill on Russia's denunciation of the Treaty on Open Skies to the State Duma.

The relevant document was published on the database of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament on Tuesday.

An explanatory note to the bill says that the denunciation of the treaty is being proposed following the United States withdrawal from it "under a far-fetched pretext", a move that has put Russia's security in jeopardy.

"On November 22, 2020, the U.S., citing a far-fetched pretext, withdrew from the treaty, thus significantly disrupting the balance of interests of the treaty participants that was secured when the treaty was signed. Thus, serious damage was inflicted upon treaty compliance and its role in promoting confidence building measures and strengthening transparency. A threat to the national security of the Russian Federation has emerged," the document said.