US to Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty: NYT

US President Donald Trump will inform Russia that the United States will begin a six-month clock to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty – “negotiated three decades ago to allow nations to fly over each other’s territory with elaborate sensor equipment to assure that they are not preparing for military action,” reports David Sanger for the New York Times. Sanger expresses concern that the next step may be US withdrawal from the New START treaty, which limits the two countries to 1,550 deployed nuclear missiles each – enough to destroy the planet, let alone adversaries. That treaty expires in February. Trump’s goal is to convince China, which has 300 such weapons, to agree to limits as well. “American officials have long complained that Moscow was violating the Open Skies accord by not permitting flights over a city where it was believed Russia was deploying nuclear weapons that could reach Europe, as well as forbidding flights over major Russian military exercises,” Sanger reports, noting that the treaty does not address satellites. The report explains that such flights are less necessary with data available online. The treaty has more than 30 other signatories, and the expectation is that Russia may cut off their flights. – YaleGlobal

US to Withdraw From Open Skies Treaty: NYT

The US president announces decision to withdraw from the “Open Skies” arms-control treaty with Russia and more than 30 other nations
David E. Sanger
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Arms-Control Treaties: US Withdrawal Dates 2018 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, 2015; 2019 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty 1987; 2020 Open Skies Treaty, 1992 ; ?  New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty – START, 2010

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David E. Sanger is a national security correspondent and a senior writer. In a 36-year reporting career for The New York Times, he has been on three teams that have won Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for international reporting. His newest book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age,’’ examines the emergence of cyberconflict as the primary way large and small states are competing and undercutting each other, changing the nature of global power.

(Source: Federation of American Scientists)

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