U.S. considers withdrawing from 28-year-old Open Skies Treaty

U.S. considers withdrawing from 28-year-old Open Skies Treaty
Trump at NATO (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Trump continue to prep the battlefield for a new strategic-issues treaty package, one in which he wants to include China as well as Russia.  The think-tank world is hard-wired to see that as a bad idea.  That doesn’t mean it is.]

On May 21, the Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies treaty (OST). Signed in 1992 following the collapse of the Soviet Union and entering into force in 2002, this treaty includes Russia, the United States and a majority of NATO allies.

OST allows its 34 members to engage in unarmed monitoring flights over the territory of other signatories, using approved sensors to collect information on military deployments. …

The United States has now accused Russia of undermining this balance by denying the United States and its allies the full benefits of OST transparency, while exploiting OST data for offensive ends. However, most arms-control experts and many former policymakers believe that the costs of leaving the treaty outweigh the risks of remaining.

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