Trump Administration Withdraws from Decades-Old Open Skies Treaty With Russia

Donald Trump (right) and Vladimir Putin (AP)

The Trump administration has officially withdrawn from a decades-old arms agreement with Russia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

“Today, pursuant to earlier notice provided, the United States withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies is now effective. America is more secure because of it, as Russia remains in non-compliance with its obligations,” the US’ top diplomat said in a Twitter posting.

The treaty, signed in 1992 and put in effect in 2002, allows nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other’s territories.

The Trump administration, which had been reviewing the pact for the past six months and determined that Russia violated the treaty numerous times, informed Moscow last Thursday that it intended to pull out.

“During the course of this review it has become abundantly clear that it is no longer in America’s interests to remain a party to the Open Skies Treaty,” an administration official previously told The Post.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark Moore