US is withdrawing from another major arms treaty
US President Donald Trump said that due to Russia's actions, the US will be exiting the Open Skies Treaty, a pact designed to reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war.
Iran Press/America: US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from another major arms control accord, and notification will be sent to Russia that the United States is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago to allow nations to fly over each other’s territory with elaborate sensor equipment to assure that they are not preparing for military action.
According to the New York Times, US President Donald Trump later said there was a "very good chance we'll reach a new agreement" with Russia.
Russia's Foreign Ministry insisted that it had not violated the treaty and that a US withdrawal would be "very regrettable", adding that the Trump administration was working to "derail all agreements on arms control".
"We reject any attempts to justify a way out of this fundamental agreement," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Novosti news agency.
"Nothing prevents continuing the discussions over the technical issues, which the US is misrepresenting as violations by Russia," he added.
He said that any withdrawal would affect the interests of all of the treaty's participants, who are also members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
This is not the first time that US administration under Trump withdrew from an internationally recognized treaty, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is another one.
Also last year, it pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia.