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End of Open Skies Treaty? Trump Admin Reportedly Determined to Make World 'Less Safe and Secure'

In an overview of the Treaty, the US Arms Control Association states the OST’s “goals to promote openness in military activities” make it “one of the biggest arms control efforts of increasing trust throughout the globe”.

The Trump administration is pushing ahead with previously mooted plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty (OST), a 28-year-old agreement which aimed to reduce reduce the risk of war inadvertently breaking out between the west and Russia by allowing reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory.

Two sources familiar with administration planning have told The Guardian that Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are keen to proceed, and expected to issue a statement of intent in the near future, a formal notification of withdrawal to be issued a few months later, possibly by September. The US would then cease to be a party to the treaty six months afterwards.

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