Russia to conduct Open Skies mission in UK

Russia will conduct an Open Skies mission in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this week, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Russia will conduct an Open Skies mission in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland this week, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

"The observation flight will be performed to a maximum distance of 2,400 kilometers from the Open Skies airfield Brize Norton on April 22-25," head of the Russian National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov told reporters.

The observation flight is tasked "to achieve greater openness and transparency in military activities of Treaty member states and to bolster security through confidence building measures," he said.

The inspectors will be using Russia's Open Skies aircraft Antonov An-30B.

This is the ninth Open Skies mission of Russia to be conducted in Treaty member states in 2014, Ryzhkov noted.

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