Trump administration leaving Open Skies treaty

Open Skies would be the third major international military pact Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from. This photo from 2007 shows Czech soldiers inspecting cameras on a U.S. Boeing plane at a military airbase in Pardubice, Czech Republic, as part of the agreement. Alexandra Mlejnkova/AP

The Trump administration plans to give official notice that it is leaving the Open Skies treaty, a 34-nation agreement allowing the U.S., Russia, and other nations to fly over each other’s territory, U.S. officials announced Thursday. “Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out,” President Trump said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “abundantly clear that it is no longer in America’s interest to remain a party” to the treaty.

Trump added that there was a “very good chance” that Russia would seek a deal as the U.S. prepares to formally exit the treaty in six months.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump’s plan “directly harms our country’s security and breaks the law in the process.”

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