A member of the Committee of the Russian Federation Council (Supreme Council of the Parliament) for Defense and Security Affairs, Franz Klintsevich, expressed his country's rejection of the possibility of the US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty.

The senator said the treaty allows for the prevention of possible collisions in the atmosphere, dangerous conflicts and situations, which may "arise simply through misunderstandings."

"It is not entirely clear why the United States needs to escalate the situation and talk about withdrawing from the treaty. It is a dangerous game."

The comments came after the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Elliot Engel, on Tuesday, Washington's intention to withdraw from the Open Sky Treaty.

Engel said he was deeply concerned by reports that the Trump administration was considering withdrawing from the Open Sky Treaty.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in Helsinki in March 1992.

The treaty enables signatories to gather information about each other's armed forces, and has been signed by 34 countries, including Russia and the United States.

Source: Sputnik

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