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US, Norway Inspectors to Make Observation Flight Over Russia
A joint mission of Norway and the United States will make an observation flight over Russia on May 5-8 under the Treaty of Open Skies, chief of the national centre for nuclear threat reduction Sergey Ryzhkov told the Russian news agency TASS on Monday.
"During the flight on the coordinated route Russian specialists on board a Romanian observation airplane Antonov An-30 will be controlling strict observation of coordinated parameters of the flight and use of monitoring equipment envisaged under the Treaty of Open Skies," Ryzhkov said.
According to him, the airplane An-30 belongs to aircrafts not designed for being armed with any weapons. The observation equipment mounted on it passed required international certification in which Russian specialists participated as well.
The main tasks of the treaty are development of transparency, assistance to supervision over fulfillment of the agreements on arms control, expansion of possibilities to avert crises and settle crisis situations within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [OSCE] and other international organizations.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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