Foreign military observers to perform aerial inspection in Russia

Norway and the United Kingdom will perform a joint inspection in Russia, head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov told Interfax-AVN.

Norway and the United Kingdom will perform a joint inspection in Russia, head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov told Interfax-AVN.

"In the period from August 24 till 28, a joint mission of Norway and the United Kingdom will perform an Open Skies mission in the Russian Federation onboard an Antonov An-30 observation aircraft," Ryzhkov said.

Russian specialists will stay onboard the aircraft flying along a coordinated route to control compliance with the flight plan and the use of observation instruments approved by the Treaty.

The Antonov An-30 aircraft is unarmed, Ryzhkov said.

"The plane and its observation equipment [aerial cameras] have passed international certification with the participation of Russian specialists, which rules out the use of technical means not permitted by the Open Skies Treaty," he said.

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