US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo described the benefits for the country from withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty on his Twitter account.
“Thanks to this, America is more protected, since Russia still does not fulfill its obligations,” the politician said.
The United States has ceased to be a party to the Open Skies Treaty since Sunday, November 22. The American side explained its position by the fact that Moscow allegedly does not comply with the points of the agreement. The White House also said that Russia monitored the whereabouts of US President Donald Trump during flights over the United States. Moscow denies Washington’s accusations.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992. According to the document, the participating countries can make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory in order to monitor military activities and compliance with existing arms control treaties.