October 22, 2020

‘This is insane’: Democrats and national security experts sound the alarm after Trump administration declares it’s abandoning a critical treaty

The White House’s move to abandon the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement with European allies and Russia, was widely condemned on Thursday by Democratic lawmakers and national security experts.

The State Department announced it would submit its notice of withdrawal, which starts a six-month countdown until “the United States will no longer be a party” to the treaty with 34 countries that includes Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Netherlands, and Norway. All of these countries can conduct short-notice observational flights over other signatories to verify the status of each other’s military forces, but the US has accused Russia of restricting its access.

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