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Russia to Carry Out Observation Flight Over Bosnia and Herzegovina

Head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center reported that Russian pilots will carry out an observation flight this week over the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian pilots will carry out an observation flight this week over the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said.

"As part of the international Open Skies Treaty, the Russian inspection team plans to carry out an observation flight on the Russian An-30B over the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. An observation flight will be carried out in the September 5-9 period from the Open Skies airfield Sarajevo with a maximum range of up to 720 kilometers (447 miles)," Ryzhkov said.

He added that the flight would be carried out in accordance with the route agreed with the observed side, and experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina would control the order of application of sensors and compliance with the provisions stipulated in the Treaty.

The Treaty on Open Skies was signed in March 1992 and became one of the major confidence-building measures in Europe after the Cold War. It entered into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 states parties, including Russia and most NATO members.

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