US and Ukraine to conduct observation flight over territory of Russia
US and Ukrainian inspectors will perform an unarmed aerial surveillance flight over the territory of Russia under Treaty on Open Skies program.
“From 20 to 25 July 2015 in the framework of the International Treaty on Open Skies a joint mission of the United States and Ukraine plans to perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation using OC-135B aircraft,” states the Head of the National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction, Serhiy Ryzhkov.
Ryzhkov explained that flight route is agreed in advance. Russian experts will monitor whether the inspectors follow the strict flight parameters and use the proper equipment, allowed by the Treaty on Open Skies.
Treaty on Open Skies allows 34 participating countries to carry out observation flights over each other's territories to gather information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities that are of concern to them. The 34 State Parties to the Open Skies Treaty are: Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
As reported before, from 22 to 26 June Ukrainian inspectors together with Sweden and German missions completed a flight over the territory Russia.
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