Democratic lawmakers alarmed by Open Skies Treaty pullout – Business Insider


The White House’s abandonment of the Open Skies Treaty was widely condemned by Democratic lawmakers and national security experts.Michael Hayden, a retired US Air Force general and former National Security Agency director, described it as “insane.”Countries that sign the treaty can conduct short-notice observational flights over other signatories to verify the status of each other’s military forces, but the US has accused Russia of restricting its access.Some Republicans applauded the withdrawal and called it a “positive step to end America’s dependence on dysfunctional and broken treaties.”Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The White House’s move to abandon the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement with European allies and Russia, was widely condemned on Thursday by Democratic lawmakers and national security experts.The State Department announced it would submit its notice of
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