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MOSCOW, October 21 (Itar-Tass) - A group of inspectors of Germany and Latvia is to make an observation flight over Russia and Belarus under the Treaty on Open Skies (TOS), Sergei Ryzhkov, Head of the Russian national Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told Itar-Tass.
"In implementation of the international Treaty on Open Skies, a joint group of inspectors of the Federal Republic of Germany and Latvia will make an observation flight aboard a Swedish SAAB-340 plane over Russia and Belarus within a period from October 21 to 25," Ryzhkov related.
The observation plane belongs to a class of flying vehicles which are not designed to carry any armament. The onboard instrumentation has passed international examination with the participation of representatives of Russia. The flight will be made along a rout fixed with Russian specialists who together with their counterparts on board will monitor the observance of the Treaty provisions and accords about the use of technical means of observation.
The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in 1992. Thirty-four countries are parties to it. Observation flights are made over Russia, the United States, Canada, and European countries.
The main purposes under the Treaty are to develop transparency, promoted the monitoring of compliance with arms control agreements, and broaden possibilities for averting crises and settling crisis situations within the framework of the OSCE and other international organizations.