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Open Skies Treaty Recommendation from Former Cabinet Officials, Former Armed Services Committee Chair Released

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Today, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Senator Sam Nunn released a copy of a memo sent to the Trump Administration foreign policy team on March 5, 2020. The memo urges the United States to remain in the Open Skies Treaty. “At a time when tensions with Moscow are on the rise, the Open Skies Treaty serves as a very useful tool for the United States and our allies to monitor Russian military activities. Unilateral U.S. withdrawal from Open Skies would undermine American allies and friends in Europe,” they wrote.  

In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, the United States should demonstrate leadership and solidarity with allies, rather than consider actions that could further destabilize the international system.

Read the memo here.  

Read “Open Skies Help Keep the Peace With Russia,” by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry and Sam Nunn, Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2019

Learn more about the Open Skies Treaty here.  

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