Biden’s grounding of Open Skies treaty is folly amid Russian tensions

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Daniel Larison

“The Biden administration had an opportunity to salvage the Treaty on Open Skies (OS), but they have chosen to let it die. The U.S. had withdrawn from the treaty under the previous administration in November 2020, and there was a chance that Biden could have rejoined it. Last month, the State Department announced that the U.S. would not rejoin the treaty, and the Russian government has taken steps to exit the treaty as well. … Once again, Biden has allowed a reckless Trump decision to stand for the wrong reasons, and he has undermined U.S. diplomacy with Russia before it even begins.” (06/03/21)