EU states vow to respect overflight treaty despite US plans

Ten European Union countries say they regret U.S. plans to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries and are vowing to uphold it. (MGN)
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BRUSSELS (AP) Ten European Union countries say they regret U.S. plans to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over more than 30 countries and are vowing to uphold it.

The support for the Open Skies Treaty came as NATO envoys were meeting Friday to weigh the U.S. move. Washington has signaled that it will withdraw from the pact in six months, citing Russian violations, although President Donald Trump has hinted he could reverse the decision.

NATO's European allies are keen to keep the treaty intact.

They conduct many of the observation flights.

Germany's foreign minister concedes that Russia is not living up to its commitments, but "this does not justify a withdrawal.”