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U.S. plane flies over Russia in open skies program

Staff Writer |
Moscow, March 13 (Prensa Latina) A U.S. reconnaissance plane flew over Russia Wednesday as part of the open skies program between the two countries, as part of the confidence-building and compliance measures established by the disarmament agreements.

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A Boeing OC-135B, with registration number 61-2670, flew in the Komsomol area at Amur at an altitude of about 10.7 kilometres. That plane lacks the means to carry out aerial combat.

The aerial inspection was advised and followed up by the Russian side, which avoids any other action, including the use of technique outside the agreement envisaged by the two states.

The last time the plane flew over this nation was last Monday, when it flew over the Russian Far East region, because it was interested in Chiti town, where a rocket brigade is deployed.

The Open Skies Treaty was signed in 1992 by the members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which contributed at the time to create a trust atmosphere between Russia and the United States.

After its entry into force in 2002, the agreement works with the participation of many NATO nations, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as neutral nations such as Sweden and Finland.

Press reports point out that, despite Russia's authorization of this type of flight to increase confidence-building measures, the United States and other Western countries considerably increased spy flights.

This is especially the case in areas close to the airspace of the western enclave of Kaliningrad and the Crimea peninsula, which returned to Russian jurisdiction in 2014, experts say.

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