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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on a decision to cease performing its obligations vis-a-vis the Russian Federtion under the Open Skies Treaty

On 3 April 2012 Georgia made a decision to cease performing its obligations vis-à-vis the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty. The Georgian Delegation in Vienna through the current French Chairmanship of the Open Skies Consultative Commission (OSCC) has already notified all States Parties to the Treaty on the decision. This move by the Georgian side responds to Russia's cessation of implementation of certain Treaty obligations, which began in 2010 and subsequent attempts of Russia to exploit Open Skies Treaty for the purpose of legitimizing the so-called independence of Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia.

In 2010 The Russian side, in violation of the open Skies Treaty, imposed flight restrictions on other States Parties to the Treaty with reference to Article VI, Section 2, and Paragraph 2 of the Treaty. In particular, Russia used as pretext the provision of the Treaty, which precludes observation flights within 10 kilometers of the borders of those states, which are not party to the Treaty. Thus, Russia refused to allow the observation flights over its territory to fly within 10 kilometers of the occupied regions of Georgia, asserting that those regions constituted states, which were non-parties to the Treaty. By purporting to rely on Article VI, Section 2, Paragraph 2 of the Treaty the Russian Federation has deliberately and improperly restricted the right of all other States Parties under the Open Skies Treaty, denying them full territorial access to the Russian territory as required by the Treaty.

It is obvious that the Russian Federation cannot unilaterally alter the geographical coverage of the multilateral Treaty by purporting to recognize a new entity on the territory of a State Party. Nor can Russia compel other States Parties to accept this illegal recognition.

During past two years Georgia has made repeated efforts and together with its partners has called on the Russian Federation to return to full compliance with the Treaty obligations. Meanwhile, despite the absence of appropriate Russian response, with the hope of resolving the situation within the confines of the international law, Georgia continued to fulfill its Treaty obligations vis-à-vis the Russian Federation in good faith. Unfortunately, Georgia's continued efforts to rectify standoff have not yielded a satisfactory outcome.

In such circumstances Georgia has made an appropriate decision to cease performing its obligations vis-à-vis the Russian Federation under the Open Skies Treaty. This decision in specific terms means that Georgia will not allow any observation flights with the participation of the Russian Federation over the territory of Georgia and Georgia will not conduct observation flights over the territory of the Russian Federation.

Georgia will resume implementation of the Treaty obligations vis-à-vis the Russian Federation upon the latter's return to full compliance with the Treaty.

Georgia will, of course, continue to fulfill its Treaty obligations with respect to all other States parties.

 

Tbilisi, 5 April 2012

 

 
 

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