October 21, 2020, 15:15

Germany’s Maas Calls US Withdrawal From Open Skies Treaty Blow to Nuclear Disarmament

Germany’s Maas Calls US Withdrawal From Open Skies Treaty Blow to Nuclear Disarmament

BERLIN (Sputnik) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday that the US decision to pull out of the Open Skies Treaty tore at the fabric of the nuclear arms control architecture.

Maas, who spoke at the meeting of member states of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament, called for action to end the continuing stalemate, months after the 16 nations agreed to take steps to promote transparency around nuclear weapons stockpiles.

The Open Skies Treaty is the latest arms control deal that the United States has walked out of after accusing Russia of breaching its terms. The agreement allows participating nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over one another’s territory as a means of increasing military transparency.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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