A bill was introduced in the US Congress that does not allow the US president to independently decide on the country’s withdrawal from any international agreements. The document was registered several hours after Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty.
“The reckless withdrawal of President Trump from the Open Skies Treaty will have a lasting impact on our ability to track Russian military activities, which could threaten the interests of the United States and our allies.” Congress can no longer wait to approve our constitutional prerogative, the document cites Senator Ed Mark, member of the congressional committee on foreign affairs.
The bill, called the Congress Prevention of Security Undermining Prevention Act (PAUSE), suggests that in the future, any president of the United States will first have to get Congress approval before stopping country participation in an international agreement, not just notifying him as done now.
Earlier, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that Russia has a plan to respond to the US withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty.