The Open Skies Treaty came into force in January 2002 and about 34 countries have ratified it. It allows unarmed short-term reconnaissance flights with specially equipped aircraft throughout another country`s territory to collect data on troop deployments, military installations, etc. After taking office, President Trump withdrew the United States from several international treaties, including the 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. «I am pleased that the Trump administration has taken the final step necessary to formally withdraw from this costly and outdated agreement,» Cruz said in a statement Monday. «Russia will no longer be able to use this treaty to take advantage of our skies to spy on the American people. President-elect Joe Biden expressed support for the treaty and condemned the government`s decision to step down. But he stopped pledging to take back the deal when he takes office in January, or to argue that the United States remained a state party because the withdrawal was against the law. Six months after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his administration`s decision to withdraw from the «open skies» agreement, the United States officially withdrew from the agreement on Sunday.

According to the TASS news agency, Russia`s chief negotiator on military security and arms control, Konstantin Gavrilov, said Washington had the right to withdraw from the agreement. Later, US President Donald Trump said there was a «very good chance that we will reach a new agreement» with Russia. Democrats have torn Trump apart over a broader pattern of rejecting gun control and non-proliferation agreements. Some are challenging the legality of Trump`s withdrawal from the Open Skies, claiming the language of the National Defense Authorization Act 2020, which reaffirmed Congress` support for the treaty and instructed the government to justify a withdrawal four months before any formal notification of payment. The agreement allows the 34 nations parties to carry out aerial reconnaissance on the territory of other countries. The United States formally withdrew on Sunday from the «Open Skies» treaty, an 18-year-old arms control and verification agreement that Washington has repeatedly accused of violating Moscow. The United States formally withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that promoted confidence by allowing the 34 participating nations to observe each other`s military through unarmed overflights.