English and Norwegian inspectors in the framework of the international Treaty on open skies will make an observation flight over Russia, said on the first day of the week the head of the Russian national Centre for reducing nuclear threat Sergei Ryzhkov.
"in the period from 24 to 28 August in the framework of implementation of the international Treaty on open skies, a joint mission of Norway and the UK will carry out observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation on the Romanian observation plane An-30 ", ? quoted him as saying RIA " Novosti ". Ryzhkov added that the aircraft and installed on it observation equipment have passed the international certification, which was attended by Russian Experts, which eliminates the use of technical facilities not covered by the agreement. During the flight the agreed route of the Russian Experts in the cabin of the aircraft observations will be kept under strict control of compliance with the agreed parameters of the observation and use of the contractual instrument. The Treaty on open skies was signed in 1992 and became one of the measures to strengthen confidence in the European Union after the Cold war. It's been around since 2002 and allows the participating countries to openly collect information about military forces and activities of one another. The Contract includes the vast number of NATO countries, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and neutral Sweden and Finland. Typically, the flights Russia and NATO countries are conducted on a reciprocal basis.