German, Latvian inspectors go on Open Skies Mission in Russia, Belarus

A German team and attached Latvian representatives will go on an Open Skies mission in Russia and Belarus in the period from April 20 through 24, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

A German team and attached Latvian representatives will go on an Open Skies mission in Russia and Belarus in the period from April 20 through 24, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The Swedish observation aircraft SAAB 340 will perform the flight consistent with the Open Skies Treaty," National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center head Sergei Ryzhkov told reporters.

The plane and its aerial cameras have passed international certification "involving Russian specialists which rules out the use of technical means unpermitted by the Open Skies Treaty," he said.

SAAB 340 is incapable of carrying weapons.

"Russian specialists will participate in the flight along the approved route to verify the strict compliance with the flight plan and the use of observation equipment allowed by the Treaty," Ryzhkov underlined.

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