Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia is ready to allow the observation mission relating to the Open Skies Treaty in the 10-kilometer zones along the border, if Georgia allows Russia to fly over its territory

Russia is ready to allow the observation mission relating to the Open Skies Treaty in the 10-kilometer zones along the Caucasus border, if Georgia allows Russia to fly over its territory. According to RIA Novosti, the respective statement was issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The agency says that the territory of Georgia is inaccessible to the Open Skies Russian mission, as well as to multinational missions involving Russia.

"By doing so, Georgia is violating the basic provisions of the Open Skies Treaty, according to which, the treaty is intended for conducting surveillance flights over the territories of other member states and each member state is obliged to allow surveillance flights on its territory," reads the statement.

According to the statement, for the purpose of maintaining the agreement and getting the situation out of the deadlock in 2018, Russia lifted restrictions on flights in the 10-kilometer zones along the Russian border in the Caucasus.

"Unfortunately, the destructive position of Tbilisi has not changed so far. As a result, Russia was forced to refuse the joint mission of Sweden, Germany and the United States to conduct surveillance flights in the 10-kilometer zones on our territories in April 2019. Russia is ready to allow observation missions in the indicated areas, provided that Georgia changes its inappropriate position relating to the provisions of the Open Skies Treaty and ensures the receipt of Russian flights on its territory,"- reads the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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