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    The head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said that inspectors from Finland will conduct an observation flight on March 23-27 over the Russian territory within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Inspectors from Finland will conduct an observation flight on March 23-27 over the Russian territory within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said.

    “During the flight that will be conducted along the [mutually] agreed route, Russian specialists on board of the aircraft will ensure strict compliance with the agreed flight schedule and monitor the use of the equipment stipulated by the Treaty,” Sergei Ryzhkov said.

    The flight will be conducted on a Swedish SAAB 340 observation aircraft that is not equipped with any weaponry. Both the plane and the equipment installed in it have been examined by the international inspection, including Russian specialists.

    The Treaty on Open Skies is designed to enhance mutual understanding by allowing unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the territories of its 34 current member states. Russia joined the treaty on May 26, 2001.


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