Trump Exits Open Skies Treaty Over Russian Violations

Trump Exits Open Skies Treaty Over Russian Violations

May 23, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

“Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out,” President Donald Trump announced this week, confirming that the United States will be leaving the 35-nation Treaty on Open Skies because of Russian violations.

Under the terms of the 1992 treaty, which has been in force since 2002, members are allowed to have short-notice, unarmed reconnaissance flights over the land of the other members, so as to observe military forces and activities, by using specific, pre-approved observation aircraft. The official certified U.S. Open Skies aircraft is the OC-135B Open Skies (shown). The stated purpose of the treaty is to reduce the chances that military miscalculations could cause a war.

The United States has objected to Russia’s imposition of restrictions on flights near Kaliningrad, an area between Poland and Lithuania, which has a significant Russian military presence. Jonathan Hoffman, a Defense Department spokesman, said that Russia had denied U.S. flights “within 10 kilometers of the Georgia-Russia border, and denying a flight over major military exercises the past year which completely prevented imaging of military exercise activity that was scheduled and approved previously. Russia flagrantly and continuously violates its obligations under Open Skies and implements the treaty in ways that contribute to military threats against the United States and our allies and partners.”

Hoffman also noted that the United States is “committed to our treaty obligations, but in this era of great power competition we are looking to advocate for agreements that benefit all sides and that includes partners who comply responsibly with their obligations.”

via Infowars

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  1. Ezra

    May 24, 2020 @ 7:22 am

    “Trust but verify” in action! If they block us, we must block them or demonstrate weakness. That is a term that characterized the Obama Administration’s every international treaty. They gave and gave and never required reciprocal action until the U.S. was seen globally as a paper tiger.
    Trump is standing our ground and defending the national security. If we lose the Trump presidency we lose world recognition as a world power. We can’t allow our elected officials who would rather see Trump out than a strong , economically powerful, secure nation. They are traitors by action who have already tried numerous times to rob the country’s citizens of their Constitutionally elected leader. And it is clear that they will not stop at what has been tried so far. Now they want to blame individuals for the pandemic when the clear evidence demonstrates otherwise. Biden openly states that only he is presidential yet is so deeply buried in criminal acts, sexual misconduct, family scandals and power peddling while in office that if elected he would be a lame duck administration destined to only weaken democracy and be a puppet figurehead in the inevitable slide of democracy into extremist socialism. Constitutionally unsound and impossible to repair.

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