Gli Stati Uniti adotteranno misure in risposta alle presunte violazioni da parte della Russia del trattato Open Skies. La conferma arriva dal Dipartimento di Stato che sottolinea come dopo i ripetuti tentativi infruttuosi di coinvolgere Mosca per via diplomatica sull'attuazione delle norme, si è infine deciso di fare "alcuni passi ragionevoli e ponderati in relazione alla mancata adesione alle norme della Russia". Il Dipartimento Usa dunque conferma le indiscrezioni del Wall Street Journal che ha anticipato l'intenzione di Washington di varare restrizioni sui voli della Russia su Alaska e Hawai a partire dal 1 gennaio 2018.

The United States will take measures in response to Russia's alleged violations of the Open Skies Treaty, a State Department official told Sputnik. "‎We have long had concerns about Russia’s implementation of the Open Skies Treaty. After repeated, unsuccessful attempts to engage Moscow diplomatically, we have elected to take some reasonable and comparable steps in response to Russia’s non-compliance," the official said. He added that the US administration was expecting that the measures would encourage Russia to comply with its obligations under the treaty. "We hope this will change Russia’s calculus and encourage Russia to engage with us about our concerns more constructively. We’re ready to reverse these measures at any time, should Russia come back into compliance with its Open Skies Treaty obligations,‎" the official said. Earlier in the day, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US authorities were going to announce restrictions on Russian observation flights over the US soil within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty, beginning on January 1, 2018. According to the sources cited by the WSJ, the United States has considered restrictions on Russia’s flights over Alaska and Hawaii, among other possibilities. Same day, Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov countered that all complaints should be handled professionally in compliance with the treaty.