Trump Exits Open Skies Treaty, Moves to Discard Observation Planes

 wsj.com  11/22/2020 14:29:00   Biography

Photo: Charles J. Haymond/U.S. Air Force

The Trump administration formally shut the door on the Open Skies treaty Sunday, exiting the agreement while moving to get rid of the U.S. Air Force planes that have been used to carry out the nearly three-decade-old accord.

President Trump had served notice in May that the U.S. would withdraw in six months from the accord, which was intended to reduce the risk of war by allowing Russia and the West to carry out unarmed reconnaissance flights over each others territories. U.S. officials, however, have long complained that...

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