Russian military inspectors will make observation flight over US

Российские военные инспекторы совершат наблюдательный полет над США

In the framework of the implementation of the international Treaty on open skies a Russian team of inspectors plans to carry out an observation flight on the Russian aircraft observations Tu-154МЛк-1 over the United States, told reporters the head of the Russian national Centre for reducing nuclear danger Sergey Ryzhkov.

“The observation flight will be performed from 17 to 22 October 2016 from the airfield the open sky Travis (California). The maximum range will be 4250 kilometers,” he said.

This is the thirty-sixth observation flight of the Russian Federation over the territories of the States parties to the Treaty in 2016, said Ryzhkov.

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.