UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The American and Canadian military, under the control of their Russian colleagues, will make an observation flight over Russia from January 27 to February 1, said Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Center for Nuclear Danger Reduction.
“From January 27 to February 1, as part of the implementation of the International Open Skies Treaty, the joint mission of Canada and the United States will perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on a Canadian C-13OJ observation aircraft,” Ryzhkova quoted Interfax as saying.
It is specified that Russian specialists will be on board during the flight and will monitor compliance with international conventions by representatives of the United States and Canada.
According to Gazeta.ru , the C-13OJ is not designed to use any kind of weapon.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki by representatives of 23 states that are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The purpose of the treaty is to help build confidence between states through improving mechanisms for monitoring military activities.
In the fall of 2019, media outlets announced the intention of the US government to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.
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