November 29, 2020

Trump administration formally withdraws from Open Skies Treaty with Russia

Trump administration officials confirmed on Sunday morning that President Trump has formally ended the United States’ participation in the Open Skies Treaty with Russia.

The US began the process of withdrawing from the arms control pact on May 22, making the departure official as of November 22, 2020. State Department deputy spokesperson Cale Brown said in a statement on Sunday:

On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date.

“Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies,” Brown added.

The Open Skies Treaty was first signed in 1992 with the intent of allowing unarmed reconnaissance flights over the territories of all participating nations in order to collect data on military forces in those nations.

In recent years, however, squabbles between Russia and the US have arisen, with the US accusing Russia of violating the agreement on numerous occasions by barring the US from actually being able to conduct the surveillance flights over Russian territory.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained in May the Trump administration’s concerns about Russia’s refusal to honor the terms of the agreement, which led to scrapping the deal altogether. Pompeo said at the time:

While the United States, along with our Allies and partners that are States Parties to the treaty, have lived up to our commitments and obligations under the treaty, Russia has flagrantly and continuously violated the treaty in various ways for years. This is not a story exclusive to just the treaty on Open Skies, unfortunately, for Russia has been a serial violator of many of its arms control obligations and commitments.

Of course, Democrat legislators opposed Trump’s initial decision to withdraw from the treaty, complaining at the time that the “timing” of the withdrawal was “suspect.”

“The timing of your decision — less than five months before an election — is also suspect,” wrote Senate Democrats in a letter to Pentagon leaders. “Beginning the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, without complying with U.S. domestic law or constitutional practice, is an obvious political maneuver in an attempt to bind a future administration.”

Senate Democrats went on to “demand” that the Trump administration halt the process of withdrawal, a request that fell on deaf ears. The Pentagon issued a statement over the summer declaring once again that “it has become abundantly clear that it is no longer in the United States’ best interest to remain a party to this treaty when Russia does not uphold its commitments.”

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34 Responses

  1. Screw the donkeys, Bravo President Trump! Russia is NOT our friend. Neither is CHina which biden considers a piece of candy.

    1. Biden is NOT our friend. He is selling America to the Chinese as he and his family have done before. He belongs in prison… NOT the White House!

    2. Does this mean we can start bombing the sheet outta Russian now and start a war crushing comrade Putin? At least we know where to find Putin, he us under basement Biden’s desk giving the okd geezer an obummer hummer.
      God bless America and President Trump!
      🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  2. I’m a true believer that President Trump is trying his best to bring out the best in all nations if those nations involved will listen.
    If they don’t follow the rules we have no choice but to withdraw.

  3. The only thing Trump improved was his income and his rich friends income Now we the people will have to pay for it the next 10 years! We need Joe to set things straight It will happen quick!!

    1. Slow joe set things straight? What realm of fantasy do you live in dumbazz? In less than a year you will lose all freedoms and if you don’t comply to the Dems will they will take your money, House and all possessions to give to his radical and illegal comrades. Lube up and bend over moran!

    2. Clinton, Obama and Biden (as VP) went from broke to millionaires or billionaires during their time in the White House depending on if you count their hidden overseas accounts or not. It is a matter of public record, check it out people.

    3. How did he improve his income when he never took the money that was due him? He
      Donated to diff organizations, for example to the veterans .

      1. The Veterans never received that money. It was a con. So many fell for that con. A slight of hand trick that he seems to play on the American people so often and so many are fooled by. A real shame.

  4. To the publishers of this bulletin, you need to get some more realistic headlines that actually say what your article is about. Especially in this day and age with all the corrupt voting that has taken place. It originally sounded like President Trump was giving up. That would be very upsetting to say the least.

    1. I agree with RT! i was SO unhappy thinking that the popular votes were turned for Biden to win. I know the Electoral College has the final say, but only dummies voted for him & Harris. They had NO common sense!

      1. AMEN, AMAN; Say to you for ALL NOT DUMMIES !!! But some very SMART People, do NOT falter from your from Your THINKING, JUST be Patient !!!! WE HAVE the SMARTEST PRESIDENT the ENTIRE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN !!!!!!!!

        DO NOT LET THESE THUGS ROB AMERICA of It’s GREATEST DAYS ARE STILL AHEAD of the USA, IT’S THE FUTURE THAT COUNTS !!!! FORGET the PAST for IT IS HISTORY, WE WANT A NEW FUTURE WITH DONALD J. TRUMP LEADING AMERICA ONWARD & UPWARD !!!!!

        TO DISPARE IS TOO GIVE UP, THE FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP LEADING AMERICA !!!!! Think This WAY & This WAY ONLY “MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA NOW & FOREVER” !!!!!

  5. Does this mean we can start bombing the sheet outta Russian now and start a war crushing the little man comrade Putin? At least we know where to find Putin, he is under basement Biden’s desk giving the old geezer a obummer hummer.
    God bless America and President Trump!
    🇺🇸🇺🇸

  6. the thing that needs to be understood is, president trump is a wonderful president despite what the democrats and librals want!

  7. The Clintons and the Bidens have been on the Russian payroll for years. The media has openly praised them for their very lucrative relationships all the while. Obama has been more than friendly with Russian interests for most of his public life. The dem’s love affair with the USSR has been an open secret for decades. Lots of saber-rattling for media headlines while the big dollars change hands behind closed doors. Things like Clinton’s and Obama’s Russian friendly foreign policies at US expense. Things like Clinton’s selling US uranium to Russia, Bill’s $500,000 fee for a 20 min speech, and Obama sending plane loads of US cash to Russian-friendly Iran. That list goes on and on.
    Moving Biden into the WH means more Putin-friendly foreign policies for Russia, renewed Russian funding for the Clinton Foundation and the Biden Foundation, and Hunter Biden’s offshore consulting fees going up significantly, from 7 figures to 8 and 9 figures. Life in the Deep State is very rewarding for the dems.
    Praise Trump for being true to his US-friendly principles and commitment to the US’s future and safety.

  8. Thank you President Trump for once again putting America First! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
    I pray America has you, President Trump for four more years!🙏🏻🙏🏻🇺🇸🙏🏻🙏🏻

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