Why the USA is worried about the "open sky" for new Russian aircraft

The reason for the US refusal to certify a new Russian aircraft, created within Open Skies Treaty, is that Washington is now carrying out its military policy solely from a position of strength. "The USA isn't satisfied with the agreements that emerged after the end of the Cold War," RISS expert Sergey Ermakov said.

The fact that Russia has presented its new aircraft to the world, created within Open Skies Treaty and equipped with new digital hardware that fits into its strict limitations means that our country is also developing the provisions of this agreement. The analyst stressed that the 22 participating countries of the Treaty "agreed that the aircraft meets all the requirements and can be used for observation flights."

The United States uses an outdated aircraft OC-135B based on the old Boeing-707. According to RISS expert, "the USA basically doesn't want to develop new programs in the framework of this agreement. Washington has reduced the allocation of funds for military expenditures within Open Skies Treaty."

"The Treaty on Open Skies is a vivid example of how Washington is destroying the international treaty making process. This concerns, in particular, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The USA violates the provisions of this agreement and at the same time accuses Russia of violating this treaty," S.Ermakov stated.

"By refusing to comply with the provisions of the Open Skies Treaty, the United States apparently doesn't want to receive truthful information that would remove questions about the actions of the Russian Armed forces. Apparently, the Americans need to create a fog in which it is so convenient to pursue a policy from the position of strength in the framework of the information war. Washington is constantly accusing Russia of aggressive actions," RISS expert concluded.

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