Russian inspectors to carry out observation flight over Germany, Benelux

The flight will be conducted aboard a Russian An-30B observation plane

A group of Russian inspectors plans to carry out observation flights over the territories of the Benelux countries and Germany under the international Open Skies Treaty, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the national Nuclear Threat Reduction Center, told Interfax.

"Observation flights will be conducted in the period between March 14 and March 19, 2016 from Open Skies aerodromes in Brussels, Belgium, and Ingolstadt, Germany, with a maximal range of 945 and 1,300 kilometers, respectively," Ryzhkov said.

The flight will be conducted aboard a Russian An-30B observation plane.

"The Russian observation plane will conduct flights using a route approved by the observed parties, and specialists from the Benelux [countries] and Germany will supervise the use of observation equipment and the observance of the provisions of the Treaty," Ryzhkov said.

Ryzhkov said observation flights are being conducted for the purpose of greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the countries of the Treaty, and also to strengthen security through confidence-building measures.

These will be the fifth and sixth observation flights conducted by Russia over the territories of the countries that are signatories to the Treaty in 2016.

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