BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- According to the Russian satellite network, the director of the National Center for the Reduction of Nuclear Risk in Russia, Sergei Ryzhkov, said in an interview that the United States submitted the Open Sky Treaty to Russia in 2020. The 21 observation flight applications in the second place indicate that the country’s military wishes to retain the treaty.
Elliot Engel, chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, has previously stated that the United States is studying the possibility of withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty.
Rezhkov said, "According to the plan, there were 38 observation flights over Russia in 2020, of which the United States has applied for 21 times. The United States carried out 16 observation flights over Russia from 2017 to 2018."
Rezhkov pointed out that "the US military clearly wants to retain the Open Skies Treaty."
It is reported that the Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and is one of the measures to consolidate European mutual trust after the end of the Cold War. The treaty has been in force since 2002, and member states can publicly collect information on each other’s armed forces and related activities.