Russia will limit U.S. military observation flights

In a further sign of building tension, Russia announced Wednesday it would begin limiting U.S. military observation flights over the country.

Russian media reported that the decision was made in retaliation for U.S. military restrictions concerning Russian flights near Hawaii and Alaska.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has accused Moscow of violating the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that allows unarmed reconnaissance flights over each others’ countries, by restricting U.S. flights over the militarized region of Kaliningrad.

“The U.S. and Russia have engaged in several action-reaction diplomatic incidents in recent months, with the two countries cutting each other’s embassy staffs and shuttering diplomatic compounds in 2017 amid suspicion over Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election,” one report noted. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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