Ukraine news:: Open Skies agreement between Ukraine and E.U. likely in July

13:49 Apr. 22, 2016

Open Skies agreement between Ukraine and E.U. likely in July

Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry hopes to sign the Open Skies E.U. deal in July 2016 (photo UNIAN)

Newly appointed Infrastructure Minister says Europe should stick to its promises

Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry hopes to sign the Open Skies E.U. deal in July 2016. Volodymyr Omelyan, the newly-appointed Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine, says the agreement is possible if there are no further delays from European part.

"Signing the Treaty on Open Skies between Ukraine and the E.U. is our key objective. This time, we have a new date [of the signing] from Brussels, and this is July 2016," Omelyan said at Ukrainian Infrastructure Forum

The minister called on Brussels to stick to its promises:

"I am not going to believe it anymore, I will publicly draw European Union's attention to the need to keep its word," Omelyan warned.

In the past years, European Union has several times postponed the signing of the treaty.

The Treaty on Open Skies came into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 States Parties. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them.

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