On May 21, the Trump administration notified that it would opt-out from the 35-nation Open Skies Treaty as Russia has repeatedly violated the terms of the treaty. The treaty allowed the member nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over the territory of the member nations. The US has taken the decision to opt-out and after 6 months it will be automatically out from the treaty.
What is the Open Skies Treaty?
On January 1, 2002, the Open Skies Treaty came into force. The treaty currently has 35 member states. The main aim of the treaty was to enhance mutual understanding and confidence among member states by allowing unarmed surveillance flights to gather information about the military forces and related activities. The observational aircrafts used here must be equipped with the sensors that allow the observing party to gather the information.
Satellites can be used for better and detailed images to sough this information, but all the member nations are not capable enough.
When Open Skies Treaty was signed?
Open Skies Treaty was signed on March 24, 1992, in Helsinki, Finland. This treaty is based on the ‘mutual aerial observation’.