The United States announced its intention on Thursday to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the latest move by the administration of US President Donald Trump to pull the country out of a major global treaty.
The administration said Russia has repeatedly violated the pact’s terms. Senior officials said the pullout will formally take place in six months, based on the treaty’s withdrawal terms.
“I think we have a very good relationship with Russia. But Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty. So until they adhere we will pull out,” Trump told reporters.
He said there was a “very good chance we’ll make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together.”
Russia said the US withdrawal from the Open Skies treaty will affect the interests of all of its participants, who are also members of NATO, according to the RIA state news agency.
Russia has not violated the treaty and nothing prevents the continuation of talks on technical issues that the US says are the violations by the Russian side, RIA quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko as saying.