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Foreign Ministry statement on the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Treaty on Open Skies

As of December 18, 2021, the Russian Federation is no longer a party to the Treaty on Open Skies (Treaty) and has consequently ceased to be a member of the group of States Parties stipulated in its provisions.

The decision to join the Treaty was not an easy one for us. However, we adopted it in the interests of stronger international security. A major argument in favour of that decision was the participation of the United States, which called for military transparency but was reluctant to open its territory to confidence-building measures.

The decades after the adoption of the Treaty showed that it has served well as a confidence- and security-building instrument and has created additional opportunities for an objective and unbiased assessment of the member states’ military capabilities and activities.

Russia is withdrawing from the Treaty with a feeling of having done a good job to keep up its viability. Over two decades, the Russian Federation accounted for the largest number of observation missions of all the member states (we conducted 646 observation flights and received 449 of the 1,580 observation flights made under the Treaty). Russia was the first state to use digital observation equipment under the Treaty.

We did our best to implement and preserve the Treaty not on paper but in real life, sometimes taking big steps towards the other states parties. A case in point is the developments of 2018, when all the member states were unable to make observation flights because of Georgia’s destructive position. Russia’s gesture of good will helped to find a way out of the deadlock and to resume the implementation of the Treaty. Only those who are immune to objectivity can accuse us of adopting an unconstructive approach.

Regrettably, all our efforts to preserve the Treaty in its initial format have failed. The Treaty fell victim to the infighting of various influence groups in the United States, where hawks gained the upper hand. Washington set the line towards destroying all the arms control agreements it had signed.

Even when the balance of interests, rights and obligations of the member states was disrupted by the United States’ withdrawal from the Treaty, Russia did everything in its power to find a compromise solution. We proposed several options to settle two fundamental problems, namely, the non-transfer of information collected during observation flights to states that are not party to the Treaty and guarantees of our right to conduct observation flights over US military facilities in Europe. However, some countries value bloc discipline more than the interests of peace and international security. Their support for the Open Skies Treaty has been limited to empty declarations that have no practical use.

This has left us no choice. Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty was predetermined. We cannot and will not neglect the interests of our national security.

We respect the decision of the other states parties to continue implementing the Treaty. We hope that their joint efforts will be constructive and fruitful. However, it is obvious that the effectiveness of the Treaty will decease dramatically without the United States and Russia as member states: the area of its application will diminish by approximately 80 percent, and the number of Open Skies missions planned for 2022 will plunge.

Responsibility for the deterioration of the Open Skies regime lies fully with the United States as the country that started the destruction of the Treaty.


23.01.2022 - Embassy comment on the recent Foreign Office statements regarding Russia and Ukraine

The UK Foreign Office continues with a series of provocative statements on the situation around Ukraine. Sidelined by its short-sighted policy from the real diplomatic processes, Britain sees its role in constantly stoking anti-Russian sentiments. The logic is simple: let no day pass without accusing Russia of preparing an 'imminent' invasion of Ukraine, and, on this concocted 'basis', try to play the ideological leader of the 'free world' defending itself from 'autocrats'.

09.01.2022 - Press release on the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan, January 8, 2022

Following the events on January 5-6, the situation in the country is gradually improving. Economic activities in the republic are returning to normal. Passenger train services have been restored in full, and additional trains were rolled out to serve the most popular destinations. The operation of some of the national payment systems has stabilised. It has been announced that state support will be provided for small and medium-sized businesses that suffered from looting. Public transport has resumed operation in the Mangystau Region as well as at Aktau International Airport.

06.01.2022 - Foreign Ministry statement on the CSTO Collective Security Council’s decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On January 6, 2022, the CSTO Collective Security Council, which comprises heads of state and government of CSTO member states, in response to the request by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, made a decision to send CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a limited period of time, with the aim of stabilising and normalising the situation in the country.

29.12.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a meeting of the of the United Russia Commission on International Cooperation and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, Moscow, December 28, 2021

Friends, colleagues, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the commission’s first meeting. Established under President Vladimir Putin’s instructions, the commission’s main purpose is to support the Russian Federation in carrying out its foreign policy, primarily on foreign policy matters set forth in United Russia’s People’s Programme.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko’s interview published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on December 20, 2021

Question: Mr Grushko, discussions of the action plan regarding NATO’s expansion, which Russia has proposed to Washington, are ongoing. You have mentioned a “military-technical alternative,” if NATO rejects Moscow’s proposals. What do you have in mind? Alexander Grushko: If our concerns are disregarded and NATO countries are not ready to show military restraint, we will have to use the response instruments at our disposal. There is no other option. If the other side decides to project, let alone use force, that is, if it applies its defence capability as a means of economic or political pressure, this will be unacceptable to Russia, and we will find methods to neutralise these threats.

20.12.2021 - Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s interview with Interfax News Agency, December 18, 2021

The security situation in Europe, the Euro-Atlantic region and Eurasia has indeed greatly deteriorated recently. This has happened because of a series of concerted actions by the United States and its NATO allies, which, generally speaking, can be described as an attempt to undermine Russia’s security and to create a hostile environment around us. We cannot accept this.

18.12.2021 - Press release on the outcome of the seventh round of negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

On December 17, a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA closed the seventh round of Vienna talks on restoring the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal. The participants noted that significant progress had been made, which paved the way for the next stage. The delegations will hold further consultations in their capitals.

17.12.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Russia’s reciprocal list of British citizens denied entry to the Russian Federation

We consider London’s latest unfounded anti-Russian attack to be practical confirmation of the British government’s intention to continue its destructive course in bilateral affairs. We are forced to state that the British authorities’ consistent efforts to ratchet up sanctions completely undermine Russia’s attempts at various levels to put interstate relations back on a constructive track.

17.12.2021 - Press release on Russian draft documents on legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO

During the December 15, 2021 meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US party received a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

16.12.2021 - Foreign Ministry Statement

The Russian side strongly believes that the guilty verdict brought in by the German court against the citizen of the Russian Federation Vadim Sokolov on December 15 in the case of the murder of Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, former terrorist gang leader in the North Caucasus, in Berlin on August 23, 2019, is extremely biased and is clearly a case of an explicit political put-up job. We insist that the Russian citizen is innocent. He has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Germany against the unjust verdict.

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