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NEW YORK, /TASS/

The US Administration will soon officially announce its plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, CNN reported on Tuesday citing a US official.

The source did not specify when the Administration of US President Donald Trump is expected to make this announcement.

Democrats in the US Congress earlier called on US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to give up the plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.

About the treaty

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 in Helsinki by 24 member nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The main purposes of the open skies regime are to develop transparency, render assistance in monitoring compliance with the existing or future arms control agreements, broaden possibilities for preventing crises and managing crisis situations. The treaty establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. Now, the treaty has more than 30 signatory states. Russia ratified the Treaty on Open Skies on May 26, 2001.

For the past several years, Washington has been accusing Moscow of implementing the treaty in a selective manner and of violating some of its provisions. Russia has also put forward some objections regarding the way the United States has been implementing the agreement. In 2017, Washington imposed certain restrictions on Russian observation flights above its territory; Moscow came up with a mirror-like response some time later.

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