President Trump to Withdraw U.S. From Open Skies Treaty
President Trump confirmed yesterday that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Open Skies treaty. The arms control agreement created in 1992 includes “35 state parties”. It was meant to “reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war” by allowing other countries to conduct short-notice, unarmed, reconnaissance flights to gather information and data on other country’s militaries. The president claims the decision was made after recent actions by Russia violated that treaty. He added until Russia adheres to the terms, we will not return. President Trump maintains this will not harm our current relations with Russia. He has also predicted this move may lead to an improved version of the treaty, or a whole new one. However, many believe this latest withdrawal from a peace treaty will reduce our position in the world and could make the U.S. more vulnerable to attacks.