Can the Open Skies treaty survive?

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    One of the cornerstones of global security since the Cold War is in danger of collapsing.

    The Open Skies treaty allows countries to fly aircraft over each other’s territories and monitor military activity.

    However, Russia is following the U.S. by pulling out of the pact.

    Will the decision make the world more dangerous?

    And is the pact still relevant today in a world of high-tech surveillance drones?

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