Lamborn Supports Withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

May 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  The Trump administration issued a formal notification that the United States intends to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies, a 34-nation agreement which allows the member states, most prominently the U.S. and Russia to fly their aircraft over each other’s territory. Since 2005, an annual State Department report has shown that Russia hasn’t been meeting its obligations. 

Congressman Lamborn, a vocal critic of the Open Skies Treaty issued the following statement:

"For far too long, we have allowed our adversaries to ignore treaties and cross red-lines. While Democrats talk incessantly about ‘Russia-Russia-Russia,’ the Trump Administration continues to take bold, material actions to counter Russian intransigence.  Treaties are binding legal documents that are only useful when all parties uphold them.  The U.S. cannot be the world’s patsy by adhering to treaties that our rivals ignore.  Russia uses the Open Skies Treaty to collect targeting data, among other nefarious actions.  It is no longer in America’s interest to remain in the Open Skies Treaty.  I am grateful that President Trump is holding Russia accountable for their noncompliance. This withdrawal sends a strong message to Moscow, and we must continue to respond strongly to any violations of our treaties.”  

You may find the State Department’s comments on the decision here.

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055