Pentagon: US will formally submit notice to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty Friday

# 04:26
22 May 2020

The US Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday said that the US would formally submit its request to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, APA reports citing Sputnik.

In a statement, the DoD wrote that "Russia has increasingly used the treaty to support propaganda narratives in an attempt to justify Russian aggression against its neighbors and may use it for military targeting against the US and our allies."

​The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force in 2002, establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of the states who are members of the accord.