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Russian, foreign inspectors to make TOS observation flights

August 11, 2014, 8:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Joint mission of Norway and Finland will carry out maneuvers in Russia's skies
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MOSCOW, August 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Under the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS), Russian inspectors are going to make an observation flight over Britain and Northern Ireland while a joint mission of Norway and Finland will carry out similar maneuvers in Russia's skies, Sergey Ryzhkov, head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told journalists.

A Russian An-30B observation plane will make a flight along a route fixed with the side subject to observation. British specialists on board the plane will monitor the procedure for the application of instrumentation.

Ryzhkov said, "The observation flight will be made within a period from August 11 to 15 from Open Skies airfield Brize Norton, with a maximum range of flight being up to 2,400 km". To Russian specialists this flight over the territories of Parties to the Treaty will be a 24th one this year.

The joint mission of Norway and Finland will make an observation flight over Russia aboard a Romanian plane An-30 within a period from August 11 to 15. "Russian specialists on board the plane will monitor strict compliance with the agreed parameters of the flight and the use of the observation equipment provided for by the TOS," Ryzhkov pointed out.

The An-30 observation plane belongs to a type of aircraft that does not carry any armament, he emphasized.

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