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Russia to officially exit Open Skies arms control treaty in December

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia says it has notified its partners under the Open Skies arms control treaty that it will leave the group in December, following the departure from the accord by the United States late last year.

“Russia has notified all the member states about its decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty six months after sending a notice. Therefore, this will occur on December 18, 2021,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on June 18.

The North Atlantic Council, NATO’s principal political decision-making body, said it “deeply” regretted Russia’s move, saying the accord is “an important legally binding instrument which contributes to transparency, security and stability, and mutual confidence in the Euro-Atlantic area.”