Trump Administration Expected To Announce Exit From 'Open Skies' Treaty
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October 9, 2019 - bt Ryan Browne for cnn.com
The Trump administration is expected to soon announce that it plans to exit the "Open Skies" treaty, a US official tells CNN, a move that has already drawn condemnation from Democrats in Congress.
The decision to leave the treaty -- which was signed in 1992 and went into effect in 2002 and allows 34 member states to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over one another's territories -- could affect the American military's ability to conduct aerial surveillance of Russia and other member countries.
The treaty is used to help verify arms control agreements, according to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency, part of the Defense Department.According to the State Department, the treaty "is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them."
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