Belarus will make a decision on further participation in the "Open Skies" treaty or withdrawal from it only after receiving an official announcement of Russia's withdrawal from DON. This was stated by the head of the department of international military cooperation of the Belarusian Defense Ministry Oleg Voinov.
Answering the relevant question, Voinov explained that Belarus will decide whether to remain in the "Open Skies" agreement or withdraw from it, only after receiving an official notification from Minsk about Moscow's withdrawal. To date, Belarus has not received such a notification.
As of January 22, 2021, the Republic of Belarus was not informed about the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the Don. The issue of the withdrawal of the Republic of Belarus from the DON or the determination of a new procedure for participation in the treaty will be resolved after receiving notification of the withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the DON and carrying out the relevant domestic procedures
- declared Voinov.
Let us recall that last week the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the start of domestic procedures for Russia's withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. The decision to withdraw from the Don was made after Europe refused to give guarantees to keep secret information received by European countries during flights over Russia and not to transmit it to the United States. At the same time, it was emphasized that Russia is leaving the treaty following the United States.
US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the open skies treaty in May 2020, saying that "the treaty is outdated." On May 22, 2020, the head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, announced that the United States would leave the treaty in six months, i.e. November 22. In late November last year, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien announced that the United States was no longer a party to the Open Skies Treaty.