Since Sunday, November 22, the USA stopped being a party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
On May 21 Washington sent a notice of termination to the other countries-participants of the document. The U.S. explained its position by the fact that Moscow allegedly did not observe the points of this agreement. In particular, the White House stated that Russia watched the location of the American president while flying over the USA. Moscow rejects the accusations made by Washington.
From this day on, the U.S. can not make inspection flights to the territories of the contracting countries, as well as access to data obtained during the flights.
The Treaty on Open Skies was concluded in 1992. According to the document, member states may conduct reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory to monitor military activities and compliance with existing arms control treaties.