21 may, the White house informed the international partners about the U.S. withdrawal from the Treaty on open skies allows 34 countries to carry out unarmed observation flights over the territories of each other. This was reported by the Agency Associated Press.
The official announcement about the release is not followed.
In Washington claim that Russia has repeatedly violated the Covenant. In addition, images collected during a flight can be obtained faster and with lower costs with an American or commercial satellites.
The Treaty on open skies was signed in 1992 in Helsinki.
In September 2017 edition of The Wall Street Journal , citing White house sources reported that the US is preparing to impose restrictions on flights of Russian military aircraft over U.S. territory under open skies Treaty. According to the document, the range of a reconnaissance mission may be up to 5500 km, however, Russia imposed restrictions to 500 km over the Kaliningrad. The WSJ sources said that Washington may limit the flights of Russian military aircraft over Alaska and Hawaii.
September 26, 2017, the Director of the Department for nonproliferation and arms control, the Russian foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said that Moscow is aware of Washington plans to limit the flights of Russian military aircraft over the United States. According to him, the claims by Washington against Russia are “unfounded.” He also did not rule out that Moscow will take retaliatory measures.
In August 2018, the US President, Donald trump has frozen the open skies Treaty with Russia.
October 27, 2019, referring to two us officials, The Wall Street Journal reported that trump signed a document about the US intention to withdraw from the Treaty on open skies, but the final decision is not accepted.
In may 2020, a group of retired NATO generals have called for the US not to go from the contract.