Ted Cruz

11/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/23/2020 18:46

Sen. Cruz Applauds United States’ Withdrawal From the Open Skies Treaty

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the United States withdrew from the Treaty on Open Skies (OST):

'I am pleased that the Trump administration has taken the final and necessary step to formally withdraw from this costly and outdated agreement. Russia will no longer be able to use this treaty to use our skies to spy on the American people. I have been proud to lead the fight in the Senate to help deliver this blow to Putin's espionage operations and to counter efforts that weaken our national security.'

Sen. Cruz has been a leading advocate on efforts for the U.S. to withdraw from the OST. In 2017, he advanced language to the NDAA limiting funding for the treaty. In 2019, he introduced a resolution with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) calling for withdrawal. In March, he sent a letter with Sens. Cotton and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) calling on President Trump to withdraw. In May, Sen. Cruz applauded the Trump Administration's announcement that they intended to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty and called for further action on Chinese arms control exploitation.