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Putin signs law on Russian withdrawal from Open Skies treaty

© Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 4, 2021. Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that formalises Russia’s exit from the Open Skies treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries.

Russia has said a U.S. decision not to rejoin the Open Skies pact was is a “political mistake” as Moscow and Washington prepare for a summit between the countries’ presidents later this month.

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