Trump Formally Ends Open Skies Treaty With Russia
Sun, 11/22/2020 – 11:40
After months of threatening to pull out of the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, President Trump has formally withdrawn the US from the post Cold War agreement, announcing the effective end of America’s participation in the treaty on Sunday.
The administration had first announced last May its intent to withdraw, as a State Department spokesperson said, “On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date.”
US Air Force’s OC-135B Open Skies spy plane, via Flickr/USAF
“Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal…