26.3 C
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

US Officially Severs Open Skies Treaty With Russia

The U.S. has officially withdrawn from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, a pact with Russia that permitted unarmed, reconnaissance flights over each other’s territories.

Sunday was the deadline after a 6-month warning on withdrawal, according to State Department deputy spokesman Cale Brown.

“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,” Brown’s statement read. “Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on Nov. 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.”

The treaty was designed to permit surveillance of military installations around the world, but the Trump administration has warned Russia has not been holding up its end of the agreement anyway, leading to the announcement of intention to withdraw six months ago.

“While the United States, along with our Allies and partners that are States Parties to the treaty, have lived up to our commitments and obligations under the treaty, Russia has flagrantly and continuously violated the treaty in various ways for years,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a May statement, per Fox News. “This is not a story exclusive to just the treaty on Open Skies, unfortunately, for Russia has been a serial violator of many of its arms control obligations and commitments.”

The withdrawal is going to be a point of contention for Senate Democrats who are wary of Russia and the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda.

“For the last 17 years, the United States has robustly utilized the treaty, overflying Russia nearly three times as often as Russia overflew the United States,” Senate Democrat leaders wrote in a June letter. “In addition, the treaty serves as a key confidence-building measure, including flights over Ukraine, which demonstrated U.S. commitment to European security and provided shareable and incontrovertible images of Russian aggression.

“By withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, the United States is leaving an agreement our partners have repeatedly communicated they value and believe improves their security.”

© 2020 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Latest news

NBA Star Steph Curry’s Wife Ayesha Shares Video of Son Worshipping to Praise Music

NBA star Steph Curry and his wife Ayesha shared a heartwarming video of their baby boy worshipping to praise music.  Ayesha captured the moment and...

YouTube Suspends Pro-Trump News Network OANN, Completely Demonetizes Channel Over COVID-19 ‘Cure’ Video

YouTube has suspended the One America News Network from posting new content for one week and has completely demonetized the channel, after the pro-Trump...

Vaccine Will Be Distributed to All 64 Jurisdictions Within 24 Hours of FDA Approval: HHS

Top health officials told reporters at a Tuesday briefing on the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed initiative that a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed...

How The Election Was Really Stolen, Tucker Carlson Explains

Authored by Andrea Widburg via AmericanThinker.com,When Tucker Carlson attacked Sidney Powell, I was unhappy with him. However, I said that I would still watch...

Related news

Poll: Donald Trump the Overwhelming Leader in a Hypothetical 2024 GOP Primary

President Donald Trump leads in a hypothetical 2024 Republican primary, with a majority of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents choosing him over other potential contenders,...

Facebook Suppressed Breitbart, Promoted CNN, Following Election

Immediately following the November 2020 Election, Facebook suppressed what it considers “hyperpartisan” news pages, including Breitbart News, while promoting what it considers “authoritative” news pages...

John Bolton: ‘Absolutely, I’m Still a Conservative Republican’

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton declared Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” that he was still a “conservative Republican.”Co-host Joy Behar asked, “Sir,...

District Attorney: Apple Security Chief Attempted to Bribe Sheriff’s Office with iPads for Concealed Carry Permits

Apple executive Thomas Moyer was indicted in California this week over his alleged bribery of government officials with hundreds of iPads in exchange for...

CNN’s Acosta: Trump Has Gone ‘Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs’

CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta reacted to President Donald Trump’s short statement on the Dow Jones Industrial Average going above 30,000...

Nolte: The Lunacy of Pennsylvania Democrats Outlawing Liquor Sales on Thanksgiving Eve

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat and fascist, has just will-nilly, with no authority from the spineless eunuchs in the Pennsylvania legislature (that should...