A joint mission of Canada and Ukraine plans to perform an observation flight over the territory of Russia under the Open Skies Treaty. It was stated by Russia's Head of the National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergey Ryzhkov, TASS.
"In the period from 26 to 30 October as a part of the Open Skies Treaty, a joint mission of Canada and Ukraine plans to perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation in the Canadian surveillance aircraft C-130J," said Ryzhkov.
According to him, the route of the flight is already agreed, Russian specialists on board of the aircraft will monitor adherence to the agreed flight parameters of the Treaty.
"Observation aircraft C-130J is not equipped to carry on board or use any weapons. The plane and the observation equipment (aerial cameras) have passed the international certification, with the participation of Russian specialists. It eliminates the use of technical means, which are not provided by the Open Skies Treaty," said Ryzhkov.
Open Skies Treaty, launched in 2002, establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its 34 participants.