Norwegian, U.S. officials to conduct observation flights over Russian territory

A joint Norwegian-U.S. mission will conduct an observation flight over Russian territory in a An-30 Romanian observation plane in the period between April 27 and April 30 under the Open Skies Treaty, Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of the Russian national nuclear threat reduction center, said.

A joint Norwegian-U.S. mission will conduct an observation flight over Russian territory in a An-30 Romanian observation plane in the period between April 27 and April 30 under the Open Skies Treaty, Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of the Russian national nuclear threat reduction center, said.

"During the flight, which will have an approved route, the Russian specialists aboard the observation plane will control strict observance of the approved flight parameters and the use of the observation equipment envisaged by the Treaty," Ryzhkov said.

Ryzhkov said the An-30 belongs to a type of places not equipped with any weapons. "The plane and the observation equipment installed on it [aircraft cameras] have been certified by international experts, including Russian experts, which rules out the use of technical devices not envisaged by the Open Skies Treaty," Ryzhkov said.

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