A Canadian observation aircraft will carry out an Open Skies mission over Russia and Belarus, head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov told Interfax-AVN.
"A C-130J aircraft carrying Canadian inspectors will fly over the territories of [Open Skies] Treaty member states, Russia and Belarus, on September 16-20," he said.
The observation aircraft is unable to carry armaments. The observation instruments have been internationally certified with the participation of Russian experts, he said.
"Russian and Belarusian specialists will be monitoring the use of observation instruments in line with treaty commitments during the flight along the coordinated route," Ryzhkov said.
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. Read more>>>
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