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Thu May 27, 2021, 08:40 PM

U.S. Decision Not to Rejoin Open Skies Leaves Just 1 Treaty Agreement with Russia

Source: Newsweek

After the Biden administration announced Thursday that the United States would not be re-entering the Open Skies Treaty, the U.S. has only one remaining arms-control treaty with Russia.

In an effort to promote trust between Russia and the West, the Open Skies Treaty allows the involved countries to freely fly over other nations to gather military information. The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the treaty last year, an action that Biden reviewed once he took office.

The remaining New START Treaty with Russia might have expired earlier this year as well due to inaction by the Trump administration, but Biden issued a five-year extension for it when he took office. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman informed Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday of the U.S. decision to not rejoin Open Skies.

Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are due to meet on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland, where they will discuss the relational decline between the U.S. and Russia, the Associated Press reported.


Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-decision-not-to-rejoin-open-skies-leaves-just-1-treaty-agreement-with-russia/ar-AAKsikF

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Reply U.S. Decision Not to Rejoin Open Skies Leaves Just 1 Treaty Agreement with Russia (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2021 OP
RockRaven May 2021 #1
cstanleytech May 2021 #5
TomWilm May 2021 #6
maxsolomon May 2021 #7
OAITW r.2.0 May 2021 #2
dalton99a May 2021 #3
cstanleytech May 2021 #4

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 27, 2021, 08:42 PM

1. Didn't Trump have the special-built planes used by the US as part of that treaty destroyed anyway?

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #1)

Fri May 28, 2021, 12:20 AM

5. Open skies has been rather obsolete for a number of years as satellite technology has

more than reached the level that it can supply the same level of photographs that a plane could.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Fri May 28, 2021, 04:00 AM

6. It had little to do with actually surveying enemy territory ...

... and much more with building trust and communication.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #1)

Fri May 28, 2021, 11:36 AM

7. Yes.

They were pretty cool planes, too.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 27, 2021, 08:48 PM

2. My read: Satellite tech is sufficient/better to make low level flights unnecessary.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #2)

Thu May 27, 2021, 09:33 PM

3. +1. The planes are basically obsolete

https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-retiring-its-two-oc-135-open-skies-aircraft/
USAF Retiring its Two OC-135 Open Skies Aircraft
April 6, 2021 | By Brian W. Everstine

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #2)

Fri May 28, 2021, 12:16 AM

4. Yup, especially LIDAR ones as that's difficult to conceal things from.

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