Q : Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was calling for assurances that Russian surveillance missions would be authorized to fly over American bases in Europe following Washington’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. Moscow will also request that information received during flights over Russia not be transferred to the United States. Is France prepared to give any assurances?
R : France respects the treaties to which it is a party, including in this case, the provisions of Article IX of the Open Skies Treaty. This article specifies the conditions under which the data collected during Open Skies Treaty flights is intended to be communicated to other states parties to the treaty, and to them alone.