Modal close

Hi there,

You trust Democracy Now! to bring you the news stories and global headlines you won't find anywhere else. But did you know that Democracy Now! never accepts money from advertisers, corporate underwriters or governments? This allows us to maintain the editorial independence you rely on—but it also means we need your help. Right now a generous supporter will DOUBLE every donation to Democracy Now!, meaning your gift can go twice as far. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you so much!
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Trump Admin Planning Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

HeadlineOct 09, 2019

Congressional Democrats and Foreign Service workers are condemning the Trump administration’s plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Open Skies Treaty, which allows member states to carry out unarmed surveillance flights over each other’s territories to verify arms control agreements. In a letter to the White House Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel warned any withdrawal would benefit Russia, which annexed Crimea after invading Ukraine in 2014. Congressmember Engel wrote, “Observation flights under the treaty have generated additional information regarding Russian military action in Ukraine and provided a check on further Russian aggression there.” This comes just two months after President Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, the landmark 1987 agreement banning all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop