Mon, 01 Jun 2020

The United States has announced that it intends to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty because of violations of the agreement by Russia.

U.S. media reported that President Donald Trump's administration on May 21 notified the other 34 signatories to the accord that it was giving the six months' notice to leave, as required by the treaty.

The 18-year-old treaty, which includes Russia, aims to increase international stability by allowing signatory states to conduct surveillance flights over one another's territories to observe military installations and other objects.

The White House has accused Russia of violating the treaty, saying Moscow has been blocking the United States from conducting flights over the Baltic Sea city of Kaliningrad and near Georgia, which are permitted by the agreement.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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