Russian Federation flies military observation plane over Capitol, Pentagon, CIA
12 August, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Dustin Murphy
Under the Open Skies Treaty, first signed in 1992, 34 countries - including the US and Russian Federation - allow member states to conduct unarmed observation flights in order to foster transparency about military activity and help monitor arms control and other agreements. The plane then made several passes around the D.C. metro area for about an hour at lunchtime.
The flight was carried out in the framework of the open skies Treaty between the two countries.
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Earlier US media said a Tupolev-154M plane of Russia's Aerospace Force on Wednesday flew over Washington and its environs at an altitude of slightly above 1,000 meters while making a scheduled flight under the Open Skies Treaty.
USA military personnel were allowed on the plane for observation and the plane has the capability of gathering intelligence, one person familiar with the flight toldCNN.
Besides Russia and the United States, 32 other nations have signed the treaty, which is aimed at fostering transparency about military activity, reducing mistrust and misunderstandings, and facilitating the monitoring of arms control agreements.
The U.S. Capitol Police issued an alert of the Washington overfly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Pentagon says that before the flights, each state is given the flight plan of the mission and an escort team flies aboard the aircraft to make sure it complies with the treaty. The alert did not state who owned the plane, but said it "will be large and may fly directly over the U.S. Capitol".
"Any violation of the Russian airspace was prevented", the ministry said.
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