US not to re-join Open Skies Treaty with Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Now, New START is the only remaining active treaty between these countries that concerns arms control
08:48, 28 May 2021

Open Skies Treaty
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Joe Biden's administration claimed that the White House has no intention to re-join the Open Skies Treaty with Moscow, the key pact on arms control. Department of the State reported that on Thursday as quoted by Associated Press.

Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman informed her Russian colleague Sergei Ryabkov that the U.S. has decided not to re-join the agreement of 1992, which allowed surveillance flights over military objects in both of these countries.  

"Thursday’s decision means only one major arms control treaty between the nuclear powers — the New START treaty — will remain in place. Trump had done nothing to extend New START, which would have expired earlier this year, but after taking office, the Biden administration moved quickly to extend it for five years and opened a review into Trump’s Open Skies Treaty withdrawal", reads the article.

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The statement by the U.S. government was made before the meeting of the two leaders in Geneva slated for June 16.

Related: Stoltenberg urges Russia to return to compliance with Open Skies Treaty

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