UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – A Tupolev Tu-214ON of the Russian Armed Forces will soon make an observation flight over the United States. Representatives from 20 countries will attend the event.
During May 21-29, a Russian Tupolev Tu-214ON aircraft equipped with a digital camera will make an observation flight over the United States, said the head of the National Center for Reduction of the nuclear threat Sergei Ryzhkov quoted by the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda.
According to the official, the flight will be carried out under the Open Skies Treaty . Representatives from some 20 signatory countries will take part in the event, says Ryzkov.
Russia is the only one of the 34 treaty states that uses digital aerial cameras during its observation flights over US, Canadian and European territories.
Signed on 24 March 1992 in Helsinki, the Open Skies Treaty has been in force since 1 January 2002. The aim of the document is to increase transparency and confidence between the signatory states in the field of military activities and arms control. It establishes a regime of free overflight of the territories of the 34 member countries. Russia acceded on May 26, 2001.
At the end of 2017, the United States banned Russian inspectors from flying over Hawaii and Alaska as part of the implementation of the treaty. Moscow has repealed several Russian-American agreements facilitating the organization of flights under the treaty.