JERUSALEM, 3 February. The refusal of Turkey to Russia conduct observation flight under the Treaty on Open skies not only violates its international obligations, but also hinder the exit from the Russian-Turkish crisis. This was stated to journalists by the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, commenting on the relevant decision by the Turkish side.
Defense Ministry: Turkey has created a dangerous precedent by banning Russian observation flight
“This is unfortunate and not conducive to the way out of the crisis, the current Russian-Turkish relations,” said the Senator, adding that “this is a clear violation of Turkey’s international obligations under the Treaty on Open skies”.
Kosachev also noted that the States parties to the Treaty do not have the right to refuse to carry out inspections “in the case that met all regulatory standards”. He also drew attention that the refusal was followed by matching the exact dates of the flight. “This means that the decision was taken at the last moment, at the political level and reflects the current attitude of Turkish authorities towards Russia and possible cooperation with it,” he said.
“Ankara has something to hide”
Turkey’s refusal to inspectors of the Russian Federation in observation flight under the Treaty on Open skies shows that Ankara has something to hide. This opinion viskazalas the Chairman of the Duma Committee on defense, Admiral Vladimir Komoedov.
Political divisions of the Russian Federation and Turkey. Dossier
“Once Turkey refused, so she has something to hide,” said the MP. “Surely the rumors that go on about the concentration of (Turkish) forces and troops on the border with Syria, there are (and supported by the facts – approx.), therefore they do not hide from the flight”, – he added.
“Certainly there will be some adequate response”, – said Komoedov.
“The route suggested including the monitoring 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 has 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.
The Russian defense Ministry reported that Turkey refused Russia’s observation flight over its territory, which was to be held from 1 to 5 February under the Treaty on Open skies. According to the Agency, Russia does not intend to leave without proper attention and appropriate reaction to the breach of Contract. He also believes that in Turkey “created a dangerous precedent of uncontrolled military activities of one of the States parties to the Treaty on Open skies”.
“Russia will draw conclusions”
The Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that possible NATO support of Turkey, failed to inspectors of the Russian Federation sightseeing flight, you may question the need for Russia to comply with its obligations under the Treaty on Open skies.
“Violating the obligations under the Open skies,Turkey relies on U.S. support and NATO. It for the purchase of oil from ISIS is not touched, and here will protect”, – wrote Pushkov in today’s blog the social network Twitter.
“If NATO will support Turkey and it will go with her hands, the question arises: should Russia comply with its obligations under the Open skies?” wondered the MP.
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.