Russia’s parliament approves the country’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

The Council of the Russian Federation, the upper house of the country’s parliament, approved the country’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty on Wednesday, about two weeks after the project was given the “green light” in the lower house.

The vote was decided unanimously, as the Russian news agency Sputnik announced, amid a process initiated in Moscow after the United States decided in November 2020 not to respond to retrial requests.

The agreement has been in force since 2002 and brings together Turkey and Canada as well as 31 European countries to enable aerial surveillance overflights to obtain images of troop and ship movements from the Canadian city of Vancouver to the Russian port of Vladivostok.

Russia’s parliament approves the country’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty
Russia’s parliament approves the country’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

Russia has criticized the US position, claiming that it will reconsider its decision if Washington intends to rejoin the international agreement.

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