I'd like to tell you that TASS is spreading #OpenSkiesTreaty disinfo, but no, they are 100% correct.

The US delegation, for absolutely no technical or treaty-related reason, refuses to certify the new Tu-214, that uses the exact same digital camera as their Tu-154, used in 2017.
The OSCC vote to certify the Tu-214ON was unanimous, other than the US delegation who were told "from the top" not to sign-off. All provisions, limitations, and questions, were addressed before the final vote, and the US pulling out seems to have caught all allies unaware.
Certification of a new aircraft requires unanimous OSCC member consent.

The U.S. is 1 of 34 signatory countries to the treaty.

The U.S. is the only country to not approve certifying the plane (without explanation) despite all technical and procedural issues being addressed.
Votes to approve:

The French Republic
Kingdom of the Netherlands
The Republic of Georgia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The United Kingdom
The Russian Federation
The Czech Republic

Votes against certifying the new Tu-214 with the same digital electro-optical sensor as they have been using for years:

The United States of America.

The United States was 1 of 23 countries taking part in the certification of the Tu-214ON (not all 34 were taking part in the certification). The US was the only voice of dissent, and so far doesn't know why. They gave two weeks to make something up.
Anyone else remember the Voice of America, the propaganda wing of the US Government, operated by a puppet board, ordered around by Mike Pompeo/NSC, put out a hit piece with disinformation about the Russian digital electro-optical sensor; being illegal under the #OpenSkiesTreaty?
That was just weeks ago. I assume the last minute murder of the certification of the new Russian plane, using the same exact sensor as is already on their Tu-154, that already flies over the USA, was planned well in advance and the VOA piece was part of the disinformation effort.

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