Wed, 03 Jun 2020

The United States has announced that it will withdraw from the Open Skies treaty because of violations of the agreement by Russia.

Washington on May 21 notified the other 34 signatories to the accord that it was giving six-months notice to leave, as required by the treaty.

'I think we have a very good relationship with Russia," U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters. "But Russia didn't adhere to the treaty. So, until they adhere, we will pull out.'

He said there was a 'very good chance we'll make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together.'

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksandr Grushko said the U.S. departure from the treaty would be a "blow" to European security.

Trump was trying to justify the exit from a 'fundamental treaty' via 'technical issues' that should be resolved within the treaty, Grushko said.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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