The United States, led by the Trump administration will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. The treaty includes Russia and 34 other countries.
The US cited multiple violations as Russia for the reason but there are rumblings this was done to clear the way as the US ramps up its defenses against China.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States announced its intention to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty that permits unarmed aerial surveillance flights over participating countries, saying Russia has repeatedly violated the pact’s terms.
Senior administration officials said the pullout will formally take place in six months, based on the treaty’s withdrawal terms.
It was the latest move by President Donald Trump’s administration to remove the United States from a major global treaty, following withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia last year.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to a small group of reporters, said the decision came after a six-month review that found multiple instances of Russian refusal to comply with the treaty.
However, US officials are reportedly in talks with Russia for a new nuclear arms treaty between the nations.