Zakharova: NATO flights hindered the work of Kaliningrad airport


September 28 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

Moscow has decided to limit the range of NATO observation flights over the Kaliningrad region, as they interfered with the operation of the local airport, said spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Zakharova stressed that the US accuses Russia of illegitimizing the range of observation flights in this region, and the countries of the North Atlantic alliance suspect Russia of trying to hide some military objects on the territory of the Kaliningrad region.

The Russian diplomat said that the matter is different – some Western partners, having the right to make observation flights for a range of up to 5 thousand 500 kilometers, used most of the time to study the Kaliningrad region.

“Crossing it along and across, thereby creating problems for using the limited airspace of the region and for the operation of the international airport,” Zakharova said.

She noted that, by virtue of this, the Russian authorities were forced to limit the flights of foreign military aircraft in its westernmost region to 500 kilometers, which does not contradict the Open Skies Treaty.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation recalled that the distance of 500 kilometers allows you to observe the most distant point of observation over the Kaliningrad region.

She spoke about another Washington’s claim to Moscow – the refusal to observe flights along the border of Georgia with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

According to Zakharova, the agreement states that the observation aircraft route can not pass more than 10 kilometers to the border of states that are not parties to the agreement.

“For us, as well as for a number of other states, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not Georgian regions, but independent states, to which the cited situation is fully applicable,” the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier it was reported that the US authorities are preparing to announce the imposition of restrictions on the flights of Russian military aircraft over the US territory under the Treaty on Open Skies.

The Treaty on the Open Skies was concluded on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki. Its purpose is to promote confidence-building between states through the improvement of mechanisms for monitoring military activities and compliance with existing arms control treaties. The purpose to provide an opportunity for the participants to fly to each other’s territories.

In 2017, 34 states are parties to the Treaty. Russia ratified the treaty on May 26, 2001.

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