U.S.-Ukraine team to fly Open Skies mission in Russia, Belarus

A U.S.-Ukraine team will fly an Open Skies mission in Russia and Belarus in the period from March 30 through April 4, head of Russia's National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov said.

A U.S.-Ukraine team will fly an Open Skies mission in Russia and Belarus in the period from March 30 through April 4, head of Russia's National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov said.

"Russian specialists will join the flight along the coordinated route to control the strict compliance with the flight plan and the use of equipment permitted by the [Open Skies] Treaty," he told reporters.

The flight will be performed by the OC-135B Open Skies United States Air Force observation aircraft.

The OC-135B does not belong to a warplane category. "The plane and its observation instruments [aero-photo cameras] have passed international certification involving Russian specialists which rules out the use of ineligible technical means," Ryzhkov said.

 

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