★The treaty allows 34 countries to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over one another’s territories — including the US and Russia.
★It was signed in 1992 and went into effect in 2002.
★Kyrgyzstan has signed, but not ratified the treaty.
★The treaty “was designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them.”
★The U.S. has given notice that it will exit the Open Skies Treaty.