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Turkish Foreign Ministry commented on US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

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attaches great importance to the implementation of the Open Skies Treaty by all member states and expects its continuation, said spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic, Hami Aksoy, commenting on the withdrawal from the US treaty.

“The Open Skies Treaty, to which Turkey is a party, is one of the main pillars of the Euro-Atlantic security architecture. We attach great importance to ensuring that all member states fully implement this treaty. We wish that the continuation of this treaty serves stability and security,” says a statement by RIA Novosti Aksoy.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his country’s withdrawal from the treaty, accusing Russia of violating the treaty, which allows verification of military movements and arms limitation measures of the countries that signed it. Russia has denied US allegations of breach of contract.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and has become one of the confidence-building measures in Europe after the Cold War. It has been operating since 2002 and allows participating countries to openly collect information about each other’s armed forces and activities. The parties to the agreement are 34 states.