UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An observation flight over Turkish territory under the Open Skies Treaty is scheduled for February 25-28, said Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Center for Nuclear Danger Reduction, RIA reports.
“… in the framework of the implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty, the Russian Federation plans to carry out an observation flight on a Russian observation plane TU-154M LK-1 over the territory of the Republic of Turkey,” the center reports.
According to Ryzhkov, the observation flight will take place from February 25 to 28 from the Eskisehir Open Skies airfield, with a maximum flight range of 1900 kilometers.
“The Russian observation plane will fly along a route agreed with the observed side, and Turkish experts on board will monitor the use of the surveillance equipment and compliance with the provisions of the Treaty,” Ryzhkov concluded.
As the agency clarifies, flights are carried out to promote greater openness and transparency in the military activities of the participating states, as well as to strengthen security through strengthening confidence-building measures.
Earlier, Sputnik radio reported that Dmitry Peskov appreciated the relationship between Moscow and Ankara.
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