Spanish, Canadian inspectors go on Open Skies mission in Russia

A Canadian-Spanish inspection team will perform an observation flight in Russia in the period from September 21-25, acting head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Col. Ruslan Shishin has told reporters on Sept.21.

A Canadian-Spanish inspection team will perform an observation flight in Russia in the period from September 21-25, acting head of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center Col. Ruslan Shishin has told reporters on Sept.21.

"A C-130J Canadian observation aircraft will perform the flight," Shishin said.

The inspection will be conducted under the Open Skies Treaty.

The Open Skies Treaty was adopted in 1992 and ratified by all members (over 30) in 1995. The primary objective of this document is to assist in the monitoring of the enforcement of existent and prospective arms control agreements and to expand capacities in the prevention and settlement of crises within the OSCE framework.

Up to 60 foreign inspection teams and missions fly above Russian territory annually, while Russia accomplishes about 15 inspections and up to 40 observation flights under the Open Skies Treaty.

OC-135B, C-130, SAAB-340B, CN-235, An-30 and An-26 planes are involved in observation flights in Russia. Russian inspectors fly aboard An-30B and Tu-154M Lk-1 aircraft.

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