Trump to pull out of 3rd arms control deal, the Open Skies Treaty

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Trump to pull out of 3rd arms control deal, the Open Skies Treaty

May 21, 2020 22:33 IST

The US notified international partners on Thursday that it is pulling out of a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct unarmed, observation flights over each other's territory. The US administration says it wants out of the Open Skies Treaty because Russia is violating the pact, and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from US or commercial satellites. Exiting the treaty, however, is expected to strain relations with Moscow and upset European allies and some members of Congress.

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