US Leaving Open Skies Treaty
The United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the treaty on open Skies for six months, the United States will no longer be the part ot the open Skies treaty. Russia should return to full compliance with the open Skies treaty. One cornerstone of the Snited StatesPresident Trump's national security strategy, to protect the American people, American lifestyles, and American security interests. As the United States President has made clear, the United States must clearly focus on any agreement through American interest including input from the Allies. it has become abundantly clear that it is not in the United States interest to remain a party to the open Skies treaty. Russia's implementation and violation of the Open Skies has reduced this central confidence building work of the treaty, and fueled distrust and threats to the United States. Russia has consistently violated the open Skies treaty in various ways over the years. Russia has been a serial violator of many arms control obligations and commitments. Despite the aspiration for the Open Skies Treaty, any party with a desire to build trust and confidence through unrestricted overflights, it was free to restrict or the observation of open skies Flight whenever is desired. Russia objects to observation of flights within Russia's border 10-kilometer radius, with Russian occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, advancing false Russian claims It is attempted that, these occupied territories are independent states. Russia's designation of an open Skies refill in Russia's Crimea, Ukraine is similarly an attempt to advance its claim to allegedly revoke the peninsula, which the United States does not and never accept. In 2019, Russia jointly refused a United States and Canada observation on over a large Russian military exercise flights. the trust building is the heart of the open Skies treaty. to build regional trust and goodwill , Moscow is growing rapidly used open skies as a tool to facilitate military force. Moscow appears to use Open Skies imagery in support of an aggressive new Russian doctrine targeting critical infrastructure, with precision guided traditional silence in the United States and Europe. Instead of using the open skies treaty as a mechanism to improve trust and confidence through military transparency, Russia turned the treaty into a tool of intimidation. To those who suggest that the United States oppose to Russia's own provocative actions and violations. Russia will create tension and mistrust. The Open Skies Treaty was meant to contribute to international security, but has been distorted its implementation, and now serves Russian objectives for that security. The United States many allies and partners in Europe still find value in the treaty, and we are grateful for the thoughtful response he gave us during the review of these questions. which is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners who responsibly comply with their obligations. But we cannot live in arms control agreements that are violated by the other party, and are not being actively supported, but are being used to undermine international peace and security. if Russia demonstrates a return to full compliance with this confidence building to open Skies treaty, the United States may be prepared to reconsider this decision, but without such a change from the Kremlin , Our path will lead to return in six months time.