Inspectors from the US, Canada and Hungary will make observation flight over Russia

Инспекторы из США, Канады и Венгрии совершат наблюдательный полет над РФ

The joint mission of the United States, Canada and Hungary from 17 to 21 October will make observation flight over Russia under the open skies Treaty, RIA Novosti head of the Russian Center for reducing nuclear danger Sergey Ryzhkov.

“In the framework of the implementation of the international Treaty on open skies during the period from 17 to 21 October, the joint mission of Hungary, Canada and the United States will perform an observation flight over the territory of Russia in the Hungarian surveillance aircraft An-26”, — said the source.

He said that the flight will take place on the agreed route and Russian specialists on Board will monitor the strict compliance with the agreed flight parameters and application of the Treaty sensors.

The observation aircraft An-26 belongs to the type of aircraft that are not equipped with any weapons. The plane and installed on the observation equipment (aerial cameras) have passed international certification, which was attended by Russian experts, which excludes the use of funds not covered by the open skies Treaty.

The Treaty on open skies was signed in 1992 and became one of the measures for strengthening confidence in Europe after the Cold war. It has been operating since 2002 and allows the participating countries to openly gather information about military forces and activities of each other. The contract includes the majority of NATO countries, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and neutral Sweden and Finland. Usually flights Russia and NATO countries are carried out on a reciprocal basis.