France to conduct observation flight over Russia under Open Skies Treaty


MOSCOW, November 11 / TASS /. French observers will fly over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty, the head of the Russian National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov said, according to the Krasnaya Zvezda (red star) newspaper.“On November 9 and 13, France will carry out an observation flight over Russian territory as part of the implementation of the Open Skies Treaty aboard a Romanian An-30 observation aircraft from the airfield of Kubinka, ”Ryzhkov said.

According to him, during the flight, Russian specialists aboard the An-30 aircraft will monitor “strict compliance with the agreed flight parameters and the use of observation equipment stipulated by the treaty”.

The Antonov An-30 is an aircraft that is not designed to use any type of weapon. “The aircraft and the surveillance equipment installed on it (aerial surveillance cameras) were subject to an international examination, which also involved Russian specialists, and this excludes the use of unplanned technical means. by the treaty, ”Ryzhkov explained.

Observation flights promote greater openness and transparency in the military activity of Treaty member states, the official said.

The main objectives of Open Skies are to enhance transparency, help monitor compliance with existing or future arms control agreements, expand possibilities for crisis prevention and manage crisis situations. The agreement establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights throughout the territory of its participants. Today, the treaty has more than 30 signatory states. Russia ratified the Open Skies Treaty on May 26, 2001.


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