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U.S. to withdraw from arms control deal

By Jordi Bou

May 22, 2020 - Der Entschluss der Trump Administration zum Rückzug aus dem Open Skies Abkommen vertieft die Sorge, dass die USA das New START – das einzige noch gültige Abkommen zur Beschränkung von Atomwaffenarsenalen – beenden wird.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Russian violations make it untenable for the U.S. to stay in the Open Skies Treaty that permits 30-plus nations to conduct observation flights over each other’s territory, but he hinted it’s possible the U.S. will reconsider the decision to withdraw.

Trump’s announcement comes as the U.S. begins new nuclear arms control talks with the Kremlin aimed at replacing an expiring weapons treaty with a modern and potentially three-way accord that brings China into the fold.

Senior administration officials say Trump’s willingness to leave the Open Skies Treaty is evidence of how prominently arms control verification and compliance will feature in the new talks.

The U.S. announcement that it plans to leave the treaty is expected to upset some members of Congress and European allies, which benefit from the imagery collected by Open Skies flights conducted by the U.S.

PUBLISHED: 24/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom
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