The US is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, an international pact that allows countries to conduct observation flights over the territory of other member states on short notice to promote transparency.
The US has accused Russia of violating the treaty by restricting flights and not upholding its obligations.
In a 2018 letter, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that he felt the treat was “in our Nation’s best interest” despite Russian violations.
European allies and partners, including France and Germany, issued a joint statement Friday expressing “regret” at the US decision to withdraw.
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European allies expressed “regret” Friday over the US plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis once argued was in “our Nation’s best interest” because it allowed the US to keep a close eye on malign Russian activities.

France and Germany, along with eight other…

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