FILE PHOTO: Nationwide flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo Worldwide Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Might 28, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin mentioned on Friday it regretted Washington’s choice to not rejoin the Open Skies arms management pact, which permits unarmed surveillance flights over member nations.
The unique U.S. choice to give up the pact was taken by the administration of U.S. president Donald Trump final yr, however Moscow had hoped that Joe Biden would reverse it.
However on Thursday the USA knowledgeable Russia it might not rejoin the pact, accusing Russia of violating it, one thing Moscow denied.
Talking to reporters on a convention name, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the pact would lose a lot of its utility with out the participation of Russia and the USA.
Russia in January introduced its personal plans to go away the pact, and the federal government submitted laws to parliament this month to formalise its departure.
(Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Modifying by Andrew Osborn)