Q.Does France have any comment on Russia’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty?
A. France regrets the Russian Federation’s decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, a pillar of conventional arms control architecture in Europe. In this regard, it reaffirms the statement by the Allies at the North Atlantic Council. This decision undermines the treaty itself and contributes to the progressive breakdown of existing arms control instruments in the European theater. It reiterates its wish to see Europeans actively contributing to discussions on defining the agenda and parameters of the dialogue with Russia on these issues, which concern our continent’s security and stability.