Monday, 11 December, 2017

Russian spy plane passes over Trump's vacation spot

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Lillian Steele | 12 August, 2017, 00:30

It also passed by Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One.

According to the Open Skies Treaty of 2002, 32 countries are aloud to fly, unarmed over the participating countries territories. According to the treaty guidelines، USA airmen are aboard the Russian jet observing when an Open Skies flight occurs.

A low-flying Russian airplane created a buzz in the nation's capital on Wednesday, but it turns out the surveillance flight over the Capitol, Pentagon and other sites was cleared by the U.S. government under a long-standing global treaty.

Under the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies, 34 participating states (including Russian Federation and the U.S.) allow reconnaissance missions over the other's territory.

Wright-Patterson is headquarters of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which has a film developing facility set up for Open Skies missions.

U.S. Air Force personnel were on the plane, which flew at low altitude around 3,700 feet.

'As per the treaty, we can not confirm any locations until after the mission is over. "The Treaty does not preclude an observed State Party from taking mitigation measures at sensitive sites on the ground", TASS cited her as saying.

Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary in 2002 when the treaty was signed, said: 'This is a reciprocal treaty which allows us to fly over Russian Federation. Last year Stewart met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee and said he would "love" to potentially deny future Russian expeditions in American airspace, according to the Washington Post. After each flight, the host nation gets a copy of any imagery taken by the observation aircraft. The Washington, DC area is not excluded from this requirement. The treaty aims to promote transparency about military activities. "Open Skies enhances confidence building and transparency by allowing the 34 countries that are parties to the treaty to conduct unarmed observation flights and verify compliance with arms control agreements".

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