OFFICIAL STATEMENT 040
Statement by foreign affairs ministers of Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Portugal on announcement of withdrawal of United States from Open Skies Treaty
22/05/2020
We regret the announcement by the United States Government of its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, although we share their concerns about implementation of the Treaty clauses by the Russian Federation.

The Open Skies Treaty is a crucial element of the confidence-building framework that was created over the past decades in order to improve transparency and security across the Euro-Atlantic area. We will continue to implement the Open Skies Treaty, which has a clear added value for our conventional arms control architecture and cooperative security. We reaffirm that this treaty remains functioning and useful. The withdrawal becomes effective within six months. Regarding issues on Treaty implementation, we will continue to engage Russia as was previously decided among NATO Allies and other European partners to address outstanding issues such as the undue restrictions to flights over Kaliningrad. We continue to call on the Russian Federation to lift these restrictions and continue our dialogue with all parties.

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