İrem UZUN -TDO- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in a treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other’s territory, but he hinted it’s possible the U.S. will reconsider the decision.
The Open Skies Treaty that governs the unarmed overflights was initially set up to promote trust and avert conflict between the U.S. and Russia. The Trump administration informed other members of the treaty that it will pull out in six months because Russia is violating the pact and imagery collected during the flights can be obtained quickly at less cost from U.S. or commercial satellites.
"I think we have a very good relationship with Russia, but Russia didn't adhere to the treaty, and so until they adhere to the treaty, we will pull out," Trump said. "There's a very good chance we'll make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together," he added.
According to RIA state agency, Russia’s permanent mission to NATO wrote a statement, saying that the Open Skies Treaty is crucial for ensuring mutual trust in Europe and on a larger scale. “If it does happen, it will be very regrettable. Unfortunately, it goes with general policy of current U.S. administration to derail all arms control agreements,” the statement added.