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MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. A joint mission of inspectors from Canada and the United States plans to carry out an observation flight over the territory of Russia in the framework of the international Open Skies Treaty, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official said.
"On October 2-6, as part of implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty, a joint Canadian-US mission plans to perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on board a Canadian C-130J observation plane," chief of the ministry’s national Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov told TASS.
During the flight, which will be performed along an agreed route, Russian specialists on board will control the use of surveillance equipment and observation of treaty provisions, Ryzhkov said.
He also said that in the framework of the treaty, on November 2-6, a Russian group of inspectors plans to perform an observation flight on board a Russian An-30B aircraft over the territory of Germany.
The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 and has 34 member states. It entered into force in 2002. Surveillance flights are conducted over Russia, the United States, Canada and European countries.
The key tasks of the treaty are to develop transparency, monitor the fulfillment of armament control agreements, and expand capabilities to prevent crises in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations.