US withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty

US withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty
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The United States on Sunday officially ended its participation in the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which President Donald Trump warned other participants about six months ago.

The multilateral treaty allowed members to conduct observation flights over each other’s territories shortly after notification in order to collect data on their military forces.

“On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right … by giving notice to the depositories of the treaty and all participating states of its decision to withdraw from the treaty six months from the date of the notice,” Deputy State Department spokesman Keil Brown said in a statement released Sunday.

“After six months, on November 22, 2020, the US decision to withdraw from the treaty entered into force, and the United States is no longer a state party to the Open Skies Treaty,” Brown said.

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