U.S., Estonian inspectors to fly over Russia, Belarus to inspect military facilities

A United States mission involving Estonian officials plans to conduct an observation flight over the territories of Russia and Belarus in the period between Aril 6 and April 11, Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center, told reporters

A United States mission involving Estonian officials plans to conduct an observation flight over the territories of Russia and Belarus in the period between Aril 6 and April 11, Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center, told reporters.

"The flight will be conducted under the international Open Skies Treaty using a U.S. OC-135B observation aircraft," Ryzhkov said.

Ryzhkov said the OC-135B "is a plane that is not designed to use any kind of weapons."

"During the flight according to an approved route, Russian and Belarusian specialists aboard the observation aircraft will supervise strict observance of the approved flight parameters and the use of the observation equipment envisaged by the Treaty," Ryzhkov said.

Ryzhkov specified that the OC-135B and the aero cameras installed "have been certified by international experts, including Russian specialists, ruling out the use of technical devices not permitted by the Open Skies Treaty."

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