I have created an AMI in one Asian zone, ap-southeast-1. The related snapshot is saved and of course cannot be deleted.

I then copied this AMI to eu-west-1.

Can I somehow get rid of the ap snapshots and AMI? I noticed that the snapshot is also copied in the destination zone so it should be ok but I can't find any doc on that.

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Yes you can. You need to first deregister the AMI, then you can delete the Snapshot.

Note that you can't delete a snapshot of the root device of an EBS volume used by a registered AMI. You must first deregister the AMI before you can delete the snapshot.

Deleting an Amazon EBS Snapshot

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