"The president has repeatedly explained Russia's basic arguments. This system rests upon exchanging information. The United States has quit this treaty, but it continues to use the information exchange system within the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance," Peskov said. "The very same European counties that have remained Open Skies Treaty signatories will be sharing this information with the United States. In fact, the United States will have access to this information anyway. While Russia will not receive this information within the framework of this alliance. The head of state has repeatedly explained these arguments."
Putin on Tuesday submitted to the State Duma a bill on the denunciation of the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS). In practical terms, this document enables the participating countries to carry out flights over each other's territory to monitor military activity in accordance with the agreed quotas of monitoring missions.
The treaty establishes the rules of flights and a mechanism of verifying compliance with its provisions and contains the requirements the planes involved must meet, as well as restrictions on the composition and technical parameters of monitoring instruments.