The United States has officially withdrawn from the Open Skies Treaty. Washington explained that the reason for the withdrawal was Russia's failure to fulfill its obligations under the treaty. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this on his Twitter page.
"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," wrote Mike Pompeo.
On May 21 it was reported that US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of his country from the Open Skies Treaty, with the possibility of its renewal.
The Open Skies Treaty is a multilateral agreement that permits unarmed reconnaissance aircraft to fly freely in the airspace of member countries. The treaty was signed on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki (Finland) by representatives of 23 OSCE member states.