Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law officially ending the country’s Open Skies Treaty with the United States less than two weeks before his meeting with President Biden in Geneva.
Last month, the Biden administration told Russia it had no intention of joining the arms control pact that was scrapped under the Trump administration. (Biden, the candidate, called Trump’s decision “short-sighted.”)
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted last November: “America is safer” after withdrawing from the 1992 treaty. “Russia is still not meeting its obligations,” he said , according to the Arms Control Association.
Reuters reported that Moscow called Biden’s decision not to join the pact a “political mistake.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial board praised Biden’s decision not to join the pact that aimed to boost confidence between Russia and the West by allowing the more than three dozen signatories to the deal to carry out reconnaissance flights over their respective territories to collect information on military forces and activities. .
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Relations between the United States and Moscow have been strained due to its assertion in Ukraine, recent hacks and the support of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
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The newspaper called the pact a “relic of the optimism that accompanied the fall of the Soviet Union”, but said these agreements “only work when the parties act in good faith.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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