MOSCOW, 4 February. Turkey had no right to refuse of the Russian Federation in the conduct of the observation flight under the Treaty on open skies. This was stated by the Russian foreign Ministry.
The defense Ministry suspected Turkey in preparation for a military intervention in Syria
In the period from 1 to 5 February, the Russian side was planned to carry out observation flight by plane An-30B over the territory of Turkey within the framework of the open skies Treaty, recalled in depodesta. “The Turkish side agreed to accept Russian observation mission in these terms. However, after the arrival of the mission at the point of entry on the territory of Turkey was rejected by the Russian side presented the plan monitoring, suggesting, in particular, the passage areas of the territory adjacent to the border with Syria, said the Ministry. – Prohibitions or restrictions on the use of airspace in the official sources not published”.
The foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation notice that “this unprecedented step of Turkey contrary to one of the main objectives of the Treaty is to promote greater openness and transparency through confidence building measures, the importance of which, incidentally, like to speculate in NATO.” “In addition, the Turkish side violated the main principle mentioned multilateral instrument – the observation of any point on the territory of the state parties,” added the Russian foreign Ministry.
“We are convinced that Ankara had no right to refuse to carry out observation missions over its territory and that this denial demonstrates the desire of the Turkish side to hide some activity, which apparently occurs in areas over which it was to fly Russian aircraft, – said the Russian foreign Ministry. – The closure of air space happened at the request of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Turkey, which suggests a political motivation of this step”.
In the Ministry have noticed that since 2013, Turkey “repeatedly closed for Russian aircraft observation areas of its territory to the South of the country in the neighborhood of the positions of patriot air defense missiles and the deployment of aviation of member countries of NATO.” “Thus, as a result of systematic violations of the requirements of the Contract and unconstructive action by Turkey created a precedent when observing the side not provided with the opportunity to control military activities of one of the States parties,” he said in depodesta.
Turkey explained why forbade observation flight of the Russian air force
“Some colleagues in NATO are not averse to accuse Russia in “selective implementation” of the Treaty. Recall in this connection that in 2014, during the acute phase of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Federation freely allowed the group on the observation aircraft of the States parties to ensure that no “excessive concentration of Russian armed forces and military equipment” in border with Ukraine districts (NATO propaganda promoted the notion that “excess”)”, – noted in the Ministry.
“The Russian side intends to respond to the violation by Turkey of provisions of the Treaty on open skies. Expect a reaction and other States parties to the Treaty” – said the Russian foreign Ministry.
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