The US formally withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty yesterday. The 35-nation treaty allowed member-states to conduct observational flights over each other’s territories in an effort to increase transparency and reduce the likelihood of conflict. The State Department announced plans to withdraw in May, pointing to a lack of adherence from Russia). The treaty is expected to remain in place for the remaining 34 member nations.
Extra: 12 member states (including France and Germany) issued a statement in May expressing “regret” over the US’ decision to withdraw but noting that they shared concerns over Russian non-compliance.