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    U.S. to pull out of Open Skies treaty

    The United States said on Thursday it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.

    The administration said Russia had repeatedly violated the pact’s terms. Senior officials said the pullout would formally take place in six months, but President Donald Trump held out the possibility that Russia could come into compliance.

    “I think we have a very good relationship with Russia. But Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty. So until they adhere, we will pull out,” Trump told reporters.

    The Open Skies treaty, proposed by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955, was signed in 1992 and took effect in 2002. The idea is to let member nations make surveillance flights over each other’s countries to build trust.

    The officials cited a years-long effort by Russia to violate the terms, such as by restricting U.S. overflights of Russia’s neighbor Georgia and the Russian military enclave in Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast.

    In addition, they said Russia had been using its own overflights of American and European territory to identify critical U.S. infrastructure for potential attack in time of war.

    More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN22X1TK
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    But Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty
    Nor did America by violating Russia borders with drones near Russia's borders, personally this is a bad move but i am not surprised. The Trump admin is further exposing his neocon side with this move sadly. While still military occupying Syria and trying to force Russia out of Syria? good luck with that one.

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    How can Russia prevent overflights of Georgia, a sovereign country?

    And as a country that is hostile to Russia, why would anything in Georgia be considered a military asset of Russia?

    BS meter is pegged.

    Also, I'm sure that American overflights aren't evaluating any critical Russian infrastructure. /s

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    Why should we be part of a globalist treaty to let other countries spy on us and let us spy on other countries?
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    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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