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US, Canada and Norway will carry out observation flight over Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States, Canada and Norway will conduct an observation flight over Russian territory under the Open Skies Treaty, said Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Center for Nuclear Danger Reduction.

“As part of the implementation of the international treaty on open skies, the joint mission of the United States, Canada and Norway will perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on a Swedish observation aircraft SAAB-340,” the statement said.

Ryzhkov said that the observation flight will be carried out from February 25 to 29 from the Kubinka airfield.

“During the flight along the agreed route, Russian specialists on board the observation aircraft will monitor strict compliance with the agreed flight parameters and the use of observation equipment provided for in the agreement,” he added.

Ryzhkov emphasized that the observation aircraft SAAB-340 is not intended for the use of any weapons.

All monitoring equipment passed an international survey, which was attended by Russian experts, which excludes the use of technical equipment not provided for by the contract.

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