Skip to comments.Flying Blind, Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights
Posted on 04/17/2014 8:08:24 PM PDT by Nachum
The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.
The overflight mission was scheduled for April 14 to April 16 under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, but Russias government notified the State Department 72 hours before the scheduled flight that it would not be permitted.
The cancelation is unusual because the sole reason for putting off such treaty-approve surveillance is flight safety, such as bad weather.
Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights above Russia during the past month.
The Russian cancelation of the flight comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian troops militarily annexed the Crimean peninsula last month and continue to foment pro-Russian unrest in the eastern part of the country.
The cancelation further undermines the Obama administrations arms control-centered security policies. Russia recently was accused of violating and circumventing other arms treaties, including the 2010 New START arms treaty and the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
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Do we allow Russian spy flights over the USA?
Putin shall be put on double-secret probation for this!
And in the meanwhile President “Big Eared Brother” insists on sticking to Salt II ...
We probably hand them a set of keys and tell them to help themselves to check out our facilities. Remember, Obama is more flexible now.
Gonna be a long night in DC trying to figure out how to blame this on Republicans and those racist Tea Party hostage-takers.
What are we going to do? What are we going to do? I know— lets block the city commissioners in in Novosibirsk from going to Disney World ( bst not Disneyland)!! What a pathetic bunch of women we are.
They’ll say the way Republicans treat Obama with no respect inspired Putin.
There’s always a way to blame Republicans for anything if you’re a Dem.
Didn't you hear Obama warn Putin that messing with Ukraine would bring ‘consequences’ ??
Obama is ready to bring the wrath of hell down on Putin if he even blinks.
This is the ‘line in the sand’ Obama's line
Cross it and you die Putin you silly man. Obama always keeps his promises
Yes and we have women and perverts ready to fight ya — you silly dog.
Yes, the single mom, homo and illegal alien battalions will do the heavy lifting there as always
Just that quick, well done. Easy to picture that on MSNBC over the weekend.
never thought Russia would honor the treaties if they didn’t want to
Well yes, just like the Dims only enforce the laws when it benefits them! Peas in a pod.
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