U.S. State Department: the U.S. will not rejoin the “Open Skies Treaty.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on May 28 that the U.S. State Department said on Thursday local time that the Biden administration had decided not to rejoin the “Open Sky Treaty” reached with Russia. Previously, the U.S. government determined that Russia had violated the treaty and failed to take action to restore compliance with the treaty.
A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department stated that Russia’s actions, including recent actions against Ukraine, were not the actions of a partner committed to building trust.
On the 27th local time, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated to the outside world that Russia had received a notice from the United States confirming not to return to the Open Sky Treaty. According to previous Russian media reports, the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) will review the bill to abolish the “Open Skies Treaty” during the plenary session on June 2.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the “Open Skies Treaty” was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002. The participating countries of the treaty may conduct unarmed aerial surveillance on each other’s territories as required. After the end of the Cold War, the treaty is an important confidence-building measure, helping to increase transparency and reduce the risk of conflict. The United States, Russia, and most NATO countries signed this treaty.