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Unarmed Russian Tu-154 jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA
11:15, 10 August 2017
Unarmed Russian Tu-154 jet flies over Pentagon, Capitol, CIA

The flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies

11:15, 10 August 2017

Emergency Service of Russia

An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft flew overthe US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight. This was reported by CNN.

The flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows military aircraft from the United States and Russia and other nations to fly aerial observation flights to observe military sites of the 34 signatory nations.

Russian Air Force Tu-154 on Wednesday afternoon passed at around 3,700 feet over downtown Washington and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, according to tracking website Flightradar24.

Related: Russia called approach of its jet with American reconnaissance aircraft "welcoming maneuver"

The jet is authorized to enter P-56, the highly secure airspace surrounding the White House.

As it was reported earlier Putin's plane on its way to G20 summit maneuvered around NATO countries. Thus, the board made a detour of 500 km.

Related: Russian fighter jet intercepts U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over Black Sea
 

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