Russian inspectors from 31 August to 4 September, will carry out Observation flight over Sweden in the framework of the Treaty on open skies.
"in the framework of implementation of the international open skies Treaty, the Russian team of inspectors will perform an Observation flight on a Russian Antonov An-30B over the territory of Sweden. Supervisory greatest flight range of up to 1, 7 thousand kilometers will run from August 31 to September 4, with the open skies airfield Uppsala ", - said the head of the national Center for reducing nuclear threat Sergei Ryzhkov.
according to his statement, the Russian aircraft will perform flights on consistent with the observed party, and the Swedish Experts on Board will keep under review the procedure for the use of observation equipment and the observance of the provisions stipulated in the contract.
"Observation flights are conducted in order to support greater openness and transparency in the military activities of States parties to the Treaty, as well as strengthening security through confidence building measures. This is the twenty-eighth Observation flight of the Russian Federation on the territories of States parties to the Treaty in 2015, " said Ryzhkov.
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.