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The United States is to provide its allies with “additional images” after they leave the Open Skies Treaty

May 22, 2020

The US Department of Defense announced this Thursday that it would “review options” to provide “additional images” to its allies to mitigate the potential impact of withdrawing from the Open Skies agreement.

“The United States is in close communication with its allies and partners regarding our review of the treaty, and we will consider options to provide additional images to the allies to address any gaps that could result from the withdrawal,” said the Pentagon in a statement.

With regard to the cancellation of the Open Skies contract, announced Thursday in retaliation for alleged violations of the commitments signed by Russia, the Pentagon has made it clear that the notification will be “officially” delivered this Friday.

The United States is to provide its allies with “additional images” after they leave the Open Skies Treaty
The United States is to provide its allies with “additional images” after they leave the Open Skies Treaty

He said that the decision was made after “careful consideration” and that it is “obvious” that staying in the treaty is not in the “best interest” of the United States because Russia “is not meeting its commitments”. “The United States’ obligations under the treaty will take effect in six months,” he added.