Defense Ministry: Turkey has created a dangerous precedent by banning Russian observation flight

Defense Ministry: Turkey has created a dangerous precedent by banning Russian observation flight


MOSCOW, February 3. Turkey has created a dangerous precedent by banning Russian inspectors to perform observation flight over its territory within the Open skies Treaty. About this informed the head of the defense Ministry of Russia for control over execution of contracts Sergey Ryzhkov.

“A dangerous precedent”

Ryzhkov reminded that the flight had to go over Turkey from the 1st to the 5th February 2016 at the observation plane An-30B and “no preconditions and restrictions on the conduct of Russia Supervisory flight from Turkey to be announced”.

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“The route suggested, including surveillance of areas adjacent to the border of Syria, and airfields, where aircraft of NATO countries. However, after the arrival of the Russian mission to Turkey and the announcement of the planned route of the observation flight, the Turkish military denied it, referring to the instructions of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey,” – said Ryzhkov

“Thus, as a result of violations of the requirements of the Contract and unconstructive action by Turkey created a dangerous precedent of uncontrolled military activities of one of the States parties to the Treaty on Open skies”, – said the head of Department.

“We do not intend to leave without proper attention and appropriate reaction to the breach of Treaty on Open skies of the Turkish Republic,” he said.

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The Treaty on Open skies was signed in 1992. It involves 34 States.

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Observation flights are made over Russia, USA, Canada, Europe.

The main objectives of the “open skies” – the development of transparency, assistance to supervision over performance of agreements in the field of arms control, capacity for crisis prevention and settlement of crisis situations within the OSCE and other international organizations.

The attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences

November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.

Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.

The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.