NATO calls on US to change position on Open Skies Treaty

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — NATO ambassadors hold an urgent meeting over US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. In the end, all Alliance allies urge Washington not to do this. The Athens News Agency AMNA called it the mobilization of Western countries for the “salvation” of the Treaty.

An appeal to the States was signed by ten countries – Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Luxembourg. The ambassadors said they shared the US concern, but regretted Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

The document emphasizes that the Open Skies Treaty is a key factor in building confidence in transparency and security in the Euro-Atlantic region. The countries that signed the appeal intend to continue to comply with the Treaty.

Earlier, Donald Trump announced the decision to withdraw from the agreement, accusing Russia of allegedly not observing it. The document, signed by 10 countries, notes that US allies intend to continue dialogue with Moscow. They called on Russia to lift restrictions on flights over Kaliningrad.

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