January 16, 2021

Russia says it will follow US out of Open Skies Treaty. Can it still be saved?

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Journalist: Steve Liewer

Russian leaders on Friday announced plans to leave the Open Skies Treaty, two months after the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the pact, further reducing slim hopes that America would rejoin the treaty under incoming President Joe Biden.

If Russia were to leave, it would end a treaty that was signed in 1992 and took effect 10 years later. It allowed the U.S., Russia and 32 other signatory nations — including most countries in Europe — to fly supervised aerial photography missions over military installations in one another’s countries. Collectively, the nations have flown more than 1,500 flights.

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