U.S. Congress Concerned about Exiting Open Skies

U.S. Congress Concerned about Exiting Open Skies

US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee expresses concern over US intention to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty, follows from committee proposals to the US defense budget for the next fiscal year
“It is worrying that … the administration plans to withdraw from the Treaty,” the document says.

Russia will not take new steps under the Open Skies Treaty
In this regard, congressmen demanded from the administration “a report on the impact on the national security of a potential exit (from this treaty, ed.), On the Allies’ position on the US exit and how the United States could supplement the photos and information received under the Open Skies Treaty ”
US President Donald Trump announced in May that Washington would withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty six months later and be out of agreement until Russia “fulfills its obligations.” However, he did not rule out the development of new agreements. Russia has repeatedly denied US allegations of breach of the Treaty. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will negotiate with the United States, including under the Treaty, only on a reciprocal basis, and any ultimatums from Washington are unacceptable.

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