The United States withdrew from the Open Sky Treaty, which strengthened European security

The U.S. State Department said on Sunday that the United States had officially withdrawn from the open air on Sunday, about six months after current President Donald Trump announced the decision. CNN.

The treaty, which ended in 1992, allows 34 member states to conduct unarmed short-range reconnaissance aircraft in the airspace of other signatory countries.

Trump said at the time that it was Russia’s actions that forced him to make this decision. He noted Russia’s restrictions on aircraft near its Kaliningrad eklave, a part between Poland and Lithuania, where the Russian military has a strong presence.

The United States has accused Russia of refusing flights within 10 km of the Georgia-Russia border and as a previously approved aircraft in the area of ​​a major Russian military exercise.

It was one of the major military deals the Americans had with Russia, an agreement signed by other NATO member states.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992 the Presidential Skies Agreement was negotiated by President George HW Bush and his Secretary of State James Baker.

Since then, the treaty has been signed by 35 countries (including Romania): Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark (including Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland , Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.

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