The United States ends its withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty after accusing Russia of non-compliance

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United States has point and end this Sunday to his cooperation with the Open Skies treaty, six months after announcing its withdrawal from the agreement, which opened the door for member states to carry out observation flights -with unarmed aircraft- to obtain first-hand information on the suspicious military activities from other countries, for the sake of transparency and mutual trust.

“Today marks six months from the moment the United States sent a notice of withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. We are no longer a party to that agreement that Russia was rudely violating for years“said the National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien.

O’Brien added that the decision taken by the White House is part of other US withdrawals of “outdated treaties and agreements what were beneficial to our opponents, to the detriment of national security. “

In a simultaneous message, the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, has withdrawal confirmed and wielded that has occurred after Russia “has been unable to fulfill its obligations”.

The agreement was traded three decades ago and, as Washington made known at the time, Moscow failed to do so by preventing surveillance over towns like Kaliningrad or the border with Georgia, where it could be deploying nuclear weapons or carrying out major military maneuvers.

Instead, Washington considers that Russian forces are taking advantage of the treaty to get information on key North American infrastructures.

Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanded written assurances to remaining NATO members that the data they collect from now on will not be shared with the United States, before warning that US bases in Europe would not be left out of Russian surveillance missions.

The Kremlin on Sunday regretted the withdrawal of the United States through its spokesman, Dimitri Peskov. “We are saddened by the US exit from the agreement, because we consider that it will lose relevance from now on “, according to statements collected by the official Russian news agency Sputnik.

With this measure, they are already three military accords broken by Trump since his arrival in the White House, after pulling the United States out of the nuclear pact with Iran and the Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces signed with Russia.

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