Russia to Follow U.S. in Leaving Open Skies Treaty

MOSCOW—Russia introduced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, citing Washington’s choice to leave the agreement and a deficiency of development in doing work out acceptable phrases for Moscow’s ongoing participation in the agreement that allowed Russia and the West to have out unarmed reconnaissance flights above each other’s territories.

The withdrawal will complicate any possible efforts from President-elect Joe Biden to re-enter the treaty after President Trump still left it in 2020.

Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed past yr that European nations that remained in the treaty should indication a lawfully binding doc affirming they would enable Russian planes fly above U.S. bases on their territory and wouldn’t share the knowledge they accumulate on their flights above Russian territory with Washington.

“Due to the deficiency of development in eradicating obstacles for the ongoing functioning of the agreement less than new conditions, the Russian Overseas Ministry is licensed to announce the commencing of the withdrawal,” the ministry claimed Friday.

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