FAST FIVE: Biden Says Rejoining 'Open Skies' Would Send "Wrong Message" To Russia After Bashing Trump For Exiting It
And now fast-forward to President Biden, who has said the US must stay out of the Open Skies Treaty as rejoining the pact would “send the wrong message” to Russia.
Defense News has just obtained a Biden administration memo notifying allies: The United States appears unlikely to rejoin the 34-nation Open Skies Treaty over its concerns about Russian noncompliance, with the Biden administration telling international partners in a recent diplomatic memo obtained by Defense News that doing so would send the “wrong message” to Russia.
The note, sent days before the US Air Force confirmed plans to retire the aging aircraft used to fulfill the mutual surveillance pact, may signal the end of hopes that the US will rejoin the agreement.
Interestingly it comes after the Biden White House in February agreed to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on President Trump's Decision to Withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty https://t.co/25Ao0PZnrL – K.Street1111 SOS America (@kstreet111) May 23, 2020 Initiated in 1992 and then ratified in 2002, Open Skies allowed the 35 member states that eventually joined it to conduct short-notice, unarmed observation flights to monitor other countries' military operations in mutual verification of arms-control agreements. The treaty even allowed Russian recon flights over tightly restricted Washington D.C.
Apparently with the campaign and election long behind, President Biden now openly agrees with Trump's position. Tyler Durden Thu, 04/08/2021 – 19:20.