President Donald Trump will be closing American skies as he announces that the US will be pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty.
The President announced that he will be notifying Russia of America’s decision to pull out of the treaty with the expectation that he will be also pulling out of other military treaties with Russia in the future.
Trump did, however, extend an open hand to Russia stating that the US would possibly be willing to withdraw pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty should Russia be willing to negotiate.
“There’s a chance we may make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together,” the President went on to say.
“I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to pull out and they’re going to come back and want to make a deal.”
The Open Skies Treaty was signed 30 years ago as a means of allowing nations to fly over each other’s territories to ensure that they were not undergoing military preparation.
There is also speculation that Trump is looking to pull America out of New START. This treaty limits both the USA and Russia to 1,550 nuclear missiles in their arsenal.
It seems that the president may be using the Open Skies Treaty as a means of negotiating for the New START treaty with his Russian counterparts. The treaty is meant to expire in February just after the new presidential inauguration.
Arms negotiator Marshall Billingslea noted that Moscow has continually violated the Open Skies treaty by prohibiting planes flying over an area where it is believed nuclear weapons may be located that could reach as far as Europe.
“You reach a point at which you need to say enough is enough,” Billingslea noted
“The United States cannot keep participating in this treaty if Russia is going to violate it with impunity.”