Russian plane to conduct observation flights over U.S., Canada

A group of Russian inspectors will conduct observation flights on a Tu-154M Lk-1 plane over the United States and Canada in the framework of the Open Skies Treaty, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry told

A group of Russian inspectors will conduct observation flights on a Tu-154M Lk-1 plane over the United States and Canada in the framework of the international Open Skies Treaty, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN.

"The flights will be carried out on July 7-21 from Open Skies airfield Elmendorf [the U.S.] and Trenton [Canada]," the press office said.

Such observation flights are performed in order to assist the openness and transparency in the military activities of treaty state members and to enhance security through strengthening trust measures, the press office said.

The flights will fly a previously approved route and U.S. and Canadian specialists on board will control the use of observation equipment and implementation of agreements which have been reached.

These will be 19th and 20th observation flights of the Russian jets above the treaty states members in 2013.

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