Biden sending the message that he’s sticking with the Trump policy of sabotaging vital Cold War treaties and increasing hostility toward Russia.
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SCOOP: In a diplomatic message to partners in Europe, the US State Department says of the Open Skies Treaty that it is “frankly concerned that agreeing to rejoin a treaty that Russia continues to violate would send the wrong message to Russia.”
Biden sending the message that he's sticking with the Trump policy of sabotaging vital Cold War treaties and increasing hostility toward Russia. https://t.co/V7BHwPURuf
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) April 7, 2021
WASHINGTON — The United States appears unlikely to rejoin the 34-nation Open Skies Treaty over its concerns about Russian noncompliance, with the Biden administration telling international partners in a recent diplomatic memo obtained by Defense News that doing so would send the “wrong message” to Russia.
The note, sent days before the U.S. Air Force confirmed plans to retire the aging aircraft used to fulfill the mutual surveillance pact, may signal the end of hopes that the U.S. will rejoin the agreement.
Though President Joe Biden, as president-elect, condemned then-President Donald Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the treaty, Russia has since pulled out, and the Senate’s 50-50 split presents an uphill fight to re-ratify the agreement.
The State Department said in a statement Monday that a final decision has not been made. However, in a March 31 demarche, it told multiple partners that the administration is “frankly concerned that agreeing to rejoin a treaty that Russia continues to violate would send the wrong message to Russia and undermine our position on the broader arms control agenda.”
Nothing will fundamentally change.
April 8, 2021 at 3:16 AM #415666jbnwParticipant
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From TASS at https://tass.com/politics/1159117 last year:
MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. The United States’ withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty harms NATO’s European member-states because it is highly likely that they would take the cue from Washington. When deprived of the possibility of conducting flights over Russia, they will become more dependent on US intelligence data, Editor-in-Chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland journal Viktor Murakhovsky told TASS on Friday.
According to the expert, Washington believes that the treaty is inconsistent with US interests. The US relies on national reconnaissance satellites, which exceed the capabilities of the equipment envisaged by the treaty. Meanwhile, Washington determines NATO policy and therefore European member-states of the alliance will follow the US, he noted. Upon the withdrawal from the Treaty, these countries will lose information received during the flights over Russia under the treaty.
“Although some countries were against this at NATO talks, I’ve heard about Germany and Italy. Unlike the US, they don’t have such a grouping [of reconnaissance satellites] and they could now request US reconnaissance data from satellites. So, the Americans will solve another task – they will have another ‘leash’ for their allies,” the expert noted.
For Washington, the flights over Russia are not critical, he said. Two satellites of the Key Hole series of US optical reconnaissance satellites have multispectral matrix with features, which are yet unknown for Russia. Besides, they have satellites for radar scanning of the Earth.
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