Sweden, Germany and Ukraine to make observation flight over Russia

Joint mission will perform flight on Aug. 8-12 under the Open Skies Treaty

A joint mission of Sweden, Germany and Ukraine will perform an observation flight over Russia’s territory on August 8-12 under the Open Skies Treaty, acting head of Russia’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Zabello has said.

The flight will be conducted onboard a Swedish Saab 340B aircraft. "During the flight along an agreed route Russia’s specialists onboard the observation plane will control the strict implementation of the coordinated parameters of flight and usage of observation equipment envisaged by the Treaty," Zabello said.

Saab-340B is not equipped with any weapons. The aircraft and the observation equipment installed on it have received international licenses from specialists, including from Russia, thus the aircraft cannot have technical means beyond the Open Skies Treaty provisions.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and has 34 member states. It entered into force in 2002. Surveillance flights are conducted over Russia, the United States, Canada and European countries.The key tasks of the treaty are to develop transparency, monitor the fulfillment of armament control agreements, and expand capabilities to prevent crises in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations.

Source: Tass.com

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