Open Skies Treaty: USA makes an observation flight in Russia

13:04 Sep. 6, 2016

USA makes an observation flight in Russia

An-30B (Source:

The flight is conducted according to the Treaty on Open Skies

The USA will conduct a series of observation flights on Russian territory. US observers will use a Romanian plane An-30. Their mission is scheduled on September 5-9. The route of the flight was previously agreed with Russian Federation, with Russian officers onboard. They aim to control their US counterparts making sure no prohibited devices are implemented.

Read more US and Ukraine to fly observation aircraft over Russia and Belarus under Open Skies

The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force in 2002. Currently, 34 states are members. The treaty is designed to give all participants the ability to mutually observe military forces and activities. It was initially proposed in 1955 by the Soviet Union, yet the final agreement was signed only in 1992. 

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