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MOSCOW, August 26 (Itar-Tass) - A group of Italian inspectors will make an observation flight over Russia under the international Treaty on Open Skies (TOS), Colonel Ruslan Shishin, acting head of the national Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told Itar-Tass on Monday.
"From August 26 to 31, a group of Italian inspectors will make a TOS observation flight aboard an Italian C-130J plane over the territory of the Russian Federation," he stated.
Shishin pointed out that the observation plane belongs to a class of flying vehicles which are not designed to carry any armament. The onboard instrumentation has undergone the necessary international inspections with participation of Russian representatives. The flight will be made along a route that has been fixed with Russian specialists. During the flight the inspectors will check the compliance with provisions of the Treaty for technical means of observation usage.