You do realize the open skies treated you had to notify the flight path a head if time and you could not go off that course....It was an outdated treaty that changes nothing for either side.
The new planes the Russians were using frightened the shit out of the Americans... these flights not only had to notify of course and times well in advance but officials from the country being overflown were allowed on board the aircraft and were allowed to look at the information being collected.
The new Russian planes are all new and high tech and way better than the aircraft the US and other western countries are using, so they withdrew.
It is not about seeing secret prototype aircraft on the ground at airfields, it is more about counting tanks and vehicles in open storage and looking at new military facilities and how busy they appear to be and how much wear and tear on the roads leading to or away from certain bases etc etc.
Russia will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty after Europe refuses to give guarantees that the information received will not reach the United States. In the opinion of Russian experts, further participation of Russia in DON does not make sense.
Pretty obvious and necessary response. No sense in giving the US access to Russian airspace via its european poodles and being denied the same access to US airspace.
According to information received by Moscow, the United States, having withdrawn from the treaty, forced the allies to sign an agreement on the transfer of data received by these countries during flights over Russia.
Dirty pricks. But wait a minute... if satellites do this anyway why would they need to force their allies to violate this treaty... which stipulates that information gained via this treaty is not shared with countries that are not members of the treaty...
“The United Kingdom is disappointed with Russia's decision to initiate the procedures necessary to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty after prolonged non-compliance with [its terms]. The Treaty makes a valuable contribution to European security by increasing the transparency of military activities and fostering trust between countries. The United Kingdom calls on Russia to reconsider this decision, to return to full compliance with the treaty and to interact constructively with its other participants, "a ministry representative told TASS.
Hahahahaha... yeah... return to full compliance... WTF does that mean?
Did the US tell them to say this?