The Boeing OC-135B American military aircraft with 61-2670 tail number made an observation flight over the territory of Russia on the night of February 23 within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies, Voice of America reports.
This flight was the first since November 2017. According to Pentagon spokesman Jamie Davis, the long break between flights is explained by the tension that has arisen in US-Russian relations.
Reportedly, the Open Skies Treaty was signed in Helsinki on March 24, 1992, by representatives of 23 OSCE member states. Russia ratified the treaty in May 2001.
As reported, the German fighters accompanied Russian aircraft over the Baltic 30 times in six months.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed the necessity of increasing the presence of the NATO military ships in the Black Sea due to the Russian aggression. According to Poroshenko, the Russian Federation uses Crimea for deploying missiles there, what creates an extremely dangerous situation and destabilizes the region.
"We must increase the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea," the President said. At the same time, he noted that "after the illegal annexation of Crimea, the balance of strength in the Black Sea was completely destroyed."
The President does not rule out the opportunity of further aggression by the Russian forces in the Black Sea.
"That is why the presence of NATO ships will be a factor of stabilization," the Head of State said.