US withdraws from open skies treaty
Treaty that shares air surveillance data. Teri Schultz reports Open Skies treaty signed and ratified by 34 countries other than the U. S allows members to conduct surveillance flights over each other's territory. It's considered an important confidence building measure. US notified the other members six months ago that it believed in Moscow is violating the treaty by blocking fly over access to certain areas and said it would pull out. As a result. Almost a dozen European countries issued a statement at the time expressing their disappointment at the US move. Then candidate Joe Biden also criticized the decision as exacerbating tensions with Russia. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he expects President elected Biden to rejoin the treaty for NPR News. I'm Teri Schultz in Brussels. This is NPR news.