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U.S. to leave Treaty on Open Skies, - Trump

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reason is Russia's refusal to live up to the agreement; Moscow repeatedly interfered with American monitoring flights, using its missions to collect reconnaissance data in the U.S.
22:41, 21 May 2020

Associated Press

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that his country would abandon the Treaty on Open Skies; however, it still has an opportunity to get back to it. CNN wrote that, with the reference to its own sources in the White House. 

According to Trump, "Russia didn't adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out".

"The President predicted that the US withdrawal would force Moscow back to the table. "There's a chance we may make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together. I think what's going to happen is we're going to pull out and they're going to come back and want to make a deal," reads the CNN article.

Previously, Washington claimed that Moscow violated the deal, recalling the permission for the U.S.-Canadian flight mission in September 2019. Russia denied these charges and pointed out at the violations allowed by the U.S.

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The U.S. administration also stated that Russia has repeatedly interfered with American monitoring flights, using its missions to collect reconnaissance data in the U.S.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992. It became one of the measures aimed at restoring trust in Europe after the Cold War. It is valid since 2002, alowing member countries to openly collect onformation about each others' armed forces and events. 34 countries signed the treaty.

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